Join the Milner Centre for Evolution

Apply to join the Milner Centre for Evolution as a member of staff or PhD student.

Join the Milner Centre as a member of staff

Join a group of researchers from the fields of biology, biochemistry, health and education.


At the Milner Centre, we carry out research on fundamental and applied evolutionary research and dissemination.

Apply to the PhD programme at the Milner Centre

As a PhD student, you’ll find yourself in an academically stimulating, research-intensive environment that allows you to reach your full potential.


You will be working directly with academics and their research 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.

How to apply

We welcome applications from self funded individuals all year round. Get in touch with a member of our academic staff working on a topic of your interest for guidance.

You can get in touch with supervisors directly to find out about the projects they offer.

Find out more about how to apply.

Polly's PhD experience

Polly Russell is in her third year of her PhD in Evolutionary Biology.


Portrait of Polly Russell

Polly studies fossils to understand why crocodiles are how they are today.

Atahualpa's PhD experience

Atahualpa Castillo studied how mammalian evolution was affected by genomic changes for his PhD. He is now a research associate within the Milner Centre for Evolution.


Portrait of Atahualpa Castillo

As well as the stimulating discussions with my colleagues, I really enjoyed the feeling of achievement that comes when you do a PhD.

World-leading research

Our research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.


An impressive 85 per cent of the University’s Biological Sciences research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent in the independently-assessed Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Professor Laurence D. Hurst, Director of Milner Centre for Evolution, said: “We have a wealth of expertise in evolutionary science at Bath, from fundamental research describing a new species of dinosaur, to applied study tracking bacterial epidemics in real time and identifying the ‘holy grail’ of human stem cells.

Find out more about the Milner Centre for Evolution

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