Department of Biology & Biochemistry


PhD programmes

Our PhD in Biology and Biochemistry is for graduates who are aiming for a career in academic, Government, or industrial research. The PhD is a research degree that is assessed by submission of a thesis and externally examined.

We are currently advertising projects across a broad range of biological disciplines. Candidates who are seeking, or who have secured, their own funding are invited to apply at any time, however early applications are advised.

Students coming to do a PhD are normally registered for a MPhil degree and then transferred to the PhD course after one year.

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings.

For admissions related enquiries please contact Dr Paul Whitley -

Please direct all other questions to Dr Jody Mason -

Integrated PhD

An alternative to the standard PhD is to undertake an Integrated PhD in Biology and Biochemistry or Integrated PhD in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. These four year PhD programmes include a number of taught units to further increase the range of skills of our students.

Links with Mexico

We have links with academics at several universities in Mexico and extensive experience in welcoming Mexican PhD students.

The University of Bath has a long-standing agreement with CONACyT providing a 25% fee discount to all CONACyT funded students.

If you are a Mexican student joining us in 2017/2018 you will be offered an enhanced funding and academic package to cover travel/training and research expenses.

For more information and details please contact Dr James Doughty (Director of Postgraduate Studies) or Dr Araxi Urrutia (Director of International Partnerships).

Go to our page with more information for Mexican applicants.

Life as a research postgraduate