York is a great place to carry out a research degree. The Biology
department has a friendly and supportive environment: there is always someone on hand to help.
Samantha, former student
At the University of York we have one of the best Biology departments in the country for postgraduate study, with an excellent reputation for both research and teaching.
We cover the whole spectrum of modern biological disciplines, from field ecology to protein structure, and have a collaborative ethos with no artificial internal divisions.
Research projects available
All our postgraduate training is research-oriented, and we have excellent facilities with easy access to the latest equipment and expert advice in our Technology Facility.
All students benefit from a balanced programme of training in broader research-related skills that enhance their career prospects.
From the start, each student undertakes a research project working closely with a supervisor selected by the student; a second member of staff plays the role of internal assessor and provides further academic support and guidance.
Students who join our research programme can study for a PhD (3 or 4 years full time) or an MSc by Research (1 year full time) .
A PhD is a three or a four year full time programme. Our students produce internationally recognised research as part of our top-rated research groups. The degree is awarded following the successful completion of a period of research which includes the submission of a thesis, and its subsequent oral examination, together with a series of Departmental reports and seminars. The thesis must contain an original element that makes a publishable contribution to knowledge or understanding. Students conduct a research project in the lab of a supervisor to produce a research thesis. The degree can start at any point in the year. UK/EU fees for 2014/15, Overseas fees for 2014/15. The application procedure is similar to a MSc by Research, with students applying to a specific supervisor who is expert in the student's research area of interest. Research projects currently available.
In addition we have a number of PhD funding opportunities available for UK/EU students that cover UK/EU fees and annual stipend:
BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Tranining Partnership in Mechanistic Biology - Eight PhD studentships available
This prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the research of the world-class molecular and cellular biosciences centres at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. At York it brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry spanning different research centres (PSIB, CII, CNAP, JBU, YCCSA, YESI and YSBL). The current round of studentships available at York offer 26 projects. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10 January 2013.
The Wellcome Trust CIDCATS programme - Five studentships available
The CIDCATS (Combating Infectious Disease: Computational Approaches in Translational Science) interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Infectious Disease is funded by the Wellcome Trust. This four-year PhD training programme will provide students with in-depth knowledge of infectious diseases and the interdisciplinary skills necessary to conduct research in one of the key inter-related themes. The closing date will be 5pm on Friday 10 January 2014.
NERC Doctoral Training in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) - 22 studentships available
This Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool, and the Centre for Ecology and Hidrology (CEH). At York the partnership involves researches at the departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology and Chemistry. This year there are 20 projects available,in which the lead supervisor is based in York, in four main areas: ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity and evolution. One of the York studentships can be allocated to well qualified students who have devised their own research project, together with a York ACCE supervisor. The closing date for applications is Monday 20 January 2013.
MSc by Research
A one-year full-time or a two-year part-time programme. Students make a contribution to knowledge or understanding to a particular aspect of the field of study. Our MSc by Research is an excellent way to get a one year Masters qualification through independent research experience. It is commonly a stepping-stone to a PhD or a research-related job. Students conduct a research project in the lab of a supervisor to produce a research thesis. The degree can start at any point in the year. UK/EU fees for 2014/15, Overseas fees for 2014/15. The application procedure is similar to a PhD, with students applying to a specific supervisor who is expert in the student's research area of interest. Research projects currently available.
Students who join our taught Masters can study for the following degrees (1 year full time): MSc in Bioscience Technology, MSc in Computational Biology, MSc in Ecology and Environmental Management and MSc in Post-Genomic Biology. Students will carry out an external placement project over the summer, for which they will conduct a piece of research and write up as a report in the style of a scientific paper. The majority of our taught Masters students will attend on a self-funding basis.