Postgraduate study

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 oriented study

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.

Our taught Masters

Students who join our taught Masters can study for the following degrees (1 year full time): MSc in Bioscience Technology, MSc in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 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.

Our research degrees

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) .

PhD

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.


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.