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What will I learn?

Research overview

Our location in the South West enables us to undertake undertake a wide range of biological science research, from cell and molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry through to evolutionary, environmental, ecological and conservation studies. Our research groups reflect the interests and expertise of our staff, ensuring that we are able to optimise the knowledge of our academic experts.

Our research is organised into seven distinct research groupings:

  • Biochemistry, Chemical Biology and Structural Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology and Development
  • Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Fungal Biology
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Plant Biology and Plant-Microbe Interactions


We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your scientific potential and prepare you for a rewarding future, whatever your chosen career path.

While many of our research degree graduates choose to continue their scientific research, others have embarked on careers in a variety of other sectors.

Some of our Masters by Research graduates have progressed to further study, but many have sought employment on graduation.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£25,000.00 (US$ 30,152) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022, January 2023, April 2023


University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Penryn Campus,


Cornwall And Isles Of Scilly,

TR10 9FE, England

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£25,000.00 (US$ 30,152) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022, January 2023, April 2023


Streatham Campus

Northcote House,

Queen's Drive,



EX4 4QJ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants will typically hold (or be expected to attain) a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in biology or a related subject (or equivalent qualifications from other countries). IELTS (Academic): Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section. TOEFL IBT: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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