Overview

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.

Putting the world under a microscope

Taught Masters

Taught Masters

The University of York is a research intensive institution, with a strong reputation in interdisciplinary research. The Department of Biology offers taught Masters courses in collaboration with the Departments of Environment and Chemistry. Working with academics who are experts in their field, you can gain research skills and experience that will equip you for a career in research or industry.

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.  During the Autumn and Spring term, you will study modules that will develop your skills and knowledge through lectures, practical work, workshops and group work. In the Summer term, you will embark on your research placement, either at York or at an external organisation, during which you will conduct a research project and prepare your MSc dissertation.

All our courses are interdisciplinary, and welcome students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. You may be a science student in your final year of study, or a graduate who has been in work for some years, and you wish to gain additional research and practical experience to expand your skills and knowledge. Alternatively you may have graduated in another discipline, and wish to use and develop your skills and experience in a bioscience context.

Contact us to discuss whether one of our courses is right for you.

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MSc by Research

MSc by Research

An MSc by Research is a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time masters degree programme. Students advance their knowledge or understanding of 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 an MPhil, PhD or a research-related job. Students conduct a research project in the lab of a supervisor to produce a research thesis. An MSc by Research thesis will be narrower in scope than an MPhil thesis, although it should still contain some original work. The degree can start at any point in the year. The application procedure is similar to an MPhil and PhD, with students applying to a specific supervisor who is expert in the student's research area of interest.   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.

 

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MPhil

MPhil

An MPhil is a two-year full-time or four-year part-time masters degree programme. Students conduct a research project in the lab of a supervisor to produce a research thesis. 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 display a good general knowledge of the field of study; a comprehensive knowledge of some part or aspect of the field of study; and a recognisible original contribution to knowledge or understanding. It is commonly a stepping-stone to a PhD or a research-related job. The degree can start at any point in the year. The application procedure is similar to an MSc by Research and PhD, with students applying to a specific supervisor who is expert in the student's research area of interest. 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.

 Research projects available:

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PhD

PhD

A PhD is a three or four-year full-time or six-year part-time doctoral degree 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. The degree of PhD is awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice;
  • the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

The degree can start at any point in the year. The application procedure is similar to an MSc by Research and MPhil, with students applying to a specific supervisor who is expert in the student's research area of interest. 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.

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Contact Us

For enquiries please contact the Biology Admissions Office:

  • Postal address 
    Biology Admissions Office
    Department of Biology
    University of York
    York
    YO10 5DD
    United Kingdom