Faculty of Science

Overview

Duration:

  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Application deadline: There are three entry points in the academic year: October, January and April. For an October start the deadline is 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: We normally require a student to have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).

Tuition fees

E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Biology and Biochemistry

Bath is one of the leading research intensive Biosciences departments in the UK. It is renowned for its broad range of world-leading and internationally excellent research on animals, plants and microorganisms that fall into the theme areas below, including cell and developmental biology, structural and molecular biology, as well as evolutionary biology and biodiversity.

The outstanding quality of the research is reflected in the level of external funding from the UK Research Councils, medical charities, European Union and Industry as well as publications in the top international journals (Nature, Science, PNAS and PLoS Biology).

Research themes:

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

  • We are one of the leading research intensive universities in the UK and the department was recently ranked 2nd in The Sunday Times University Guide.
  • The department offers an exceptional scientifically stimulating environment for students with regular seminar programmes featuring internationally renowned speakers.
  • Our research programmes are well supported by grant income and we also boast a range of state-of-the-art facilities.

What will I learn?

The great strength of the department is its academic breadth with specialisms including:

  • Biodiversity
  • Evolution
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Infection and immunity
  • Molecular structure and function
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant sciences

Thus our postgraduate research students find themselves in an academically stimulating, research intensive environment that permits them to reach their full potential – they leave well prepared for exciting careers in academia or industry.

You will benefit from working with academics and their groups operating at the cutting-edge of their discipline – you will quickly become an expert yourself and learn how to become an independent researcher capable of designing and carrying out your own research. In addition you will learn how to work in teams, gain technical expertise, develop your skills of critical analysis and learn how to present scientific data in an accessible form through writing and oral presentation within the department and at conferences.

You will also have fun through your research and the vibrant PG culture that exists in our department and will be encouraged to share your enthusiasm for your discoveries.
 

At a glance

To find out more about opportunities for postgraduate research, visit the Biology & Biochemistry PhD project page.

For further information please see our department pages

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Career opportunities

  Most of our PhD students go straight into careers as postdoctoral scientists in academic institutions, research institutes, industry and healthcare. Others have entered a diverse range of careers from scientific writing / journalism, teaching, management and business/finance.