Biological Sciences Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

As a postgraduate student, you’ll be an important part of our research intensive university, contributing to the intellectual vitality and vibrancy of our institution as you learn, grow and develop. You’ll benefit from our collaborative research ethos across the wide-ranging disciplines of the biosciences. Our School of Biological Sciences contains a dynamic research community with expertise that covers the full spectrum of biology.


Our various postgraduate research programmes are organised around four areas of research. 

Organisms and the Environment - Discover an array of plant and animal systems, in the field and the laboratory, to gain an integrated understanding of adaptation and ecology at the molecular, organismal, population and community levels. By studying questions in evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation, we address both fundamental issues and societal priorities, such as the preservation of biodiversity and essential ecosystem services. 

Cells and Tissues - Focus on how cells, tissues and whole organisms develop and work. We have strengths in cell and developmental biology and use modern research facilities to investigate fundamental questions important in health and disease, using for example the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, the gut, the eye and cancer models. 

Molecular Microbiology - Address the fundamental aspects of microbiology and microbial biochemistry. Microbes are the most successful organisms on Earth and they are the driving force in the evolution, development and success of multicellular organisms. Our research addresses big questions in microbiology from the effect of microbial communities on host fitness and reproduction to mechanisms of bacterial infection and their role in driving the global sulphur and nitrogen cycles. 

Plant Sciences - Study different aspects of plant molecular biology including biochemistry, gene expression regulation by small RNAs, flower development, modelling of cell polarity and disease resistance. We make fundamental discoveries and translate them to cultivated crops to increase nutrient level, yield and resistance against pathogens. The research theme includes The Sainsbury Laboratory, which is based in a separate facility on the Norwich Research Park. 

Whichever path you choose, you will benefit from genuine research-led teaching, as well as partnerships with colleagues in other Schools within UEA and affiliated organisations within the Norwich Research Park. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.  

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply. 

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