What will I learn?

Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Environmental Biology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Environmental Biology.

Animals, microorganisms and plants live in environments to which they have become adapted through millions of years of evolution.

They often have to respond to changes which may be biotic or abiotic in nature, and, increasingly, to anthropogenic perturbations which have resulted in global environmental change.

To understand how organisms respond and interact with one another in their natural and man-made habitats, a wide spectrum of approaches is employed ranging from molecular biology to population biology.

State-of-the-art facilities for 'controlled environments' are used to regulate climate variables and to study interactions between species. These include controlled environment rooms, animal facilities and insectaries.

Research projects involve both laboratory and field studies in temperate, arctic and tropical habitats.

Examples of areas of investigation include:

  • seasonal and hormonal regulation of animal behaviour;
  • reproductive strategies of plants;
  • animal & microbes and their evolution;
  • phenotypic plasticity and quantitative genetics;
  • strategies of adaption in a changing world

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Standard £24,500, Low £25,500, Medium £32,500, High £37,500
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

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

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