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Postgraduate research degrees in biology

Our postgraduate research degrees cover the whole spectrum of modern biological disciplines, from field ecology to protein structure, and have an integrated approach to biology.

Why study biology at York?

The Biology buildings at York are a hive of activity, drawing in researchers in the biological sciences from across the University. We'll be there to support you and the research you do with us. We'll provide the academic support and advice you'll need as you develop as a researcher.

All of our postgraduate training is research-oriented, and we have excellent facilities with easy access to the latest equipment and expert advice in our Bioscience Technology Facility

As a research student in the Department of Biology, you'll benefit from a balanced programme of training in broader research-related skills designed to enhance your career prospects.

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York Biomedical Research Institute courses

Research projects

Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for you to join.

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Research in our department

Our nine research groups each focus on a different interdisciplinary area. They use state-of-the-art technology to address three global challenges facing humanity: health and disease, sustainable food and fuel, and environmental change.

Every step of our research is carried out with the help of postgraduate students. No matter which area of biology you specialise in, you will be working alongside some of the leaders in their respective fields, at the forefront of scientific exploration. 

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Visiting postgraduate researchers 

If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Biology.


  • Employment opportunities range from biological and biomedical research and development, to careers in science communication, the health service, forensic science, environmental health and wildlife conservation.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors, including clinical science, biotechnology and scientific research. Many postgraduate researchers also go on to work in teaching and academia. 

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