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Biological Sciences PhD/MPhil

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Biological Sciences
  • Qualification: PhD/MPhil
  • Duration: PhD: 2 to 3 years full-time; MPhil: 1 year full-time

The research work by the School covers the full spectrum of the biosciences.

The first six months of your PhD or MPhil will be spent refining your project proposal and conducting a thorough Literature review, which will contribute to your final thesis. You will also present your proposal to the rest of the cohort and supervisory staff. Feedback obtained will enable you to improve your final project.

You will also be expected to take advantage of the training programme provided by the College of Natural Sciences Graduate School and the University Doctoral School in both subject-specific and generic postgraduate-level skills.

Research Areas

Animal Physiology and Behaviour with specialisations in:

  • Crustacean neuroendocrinology, growth, reproduction
  • Environmental physiology of aquatic organisms
  • Fish Behaviour
  • Integrative behavioural physiology/energetics
  • Marine mammals/conservation genetics

Cellular and Molecular with specialisations in:

  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • DNA damage checkpoints
  • DNA repair
  • Endothelial development
  • Entomology
  • Eukaryote chromosome dynamics/repair
  • Eukaryotic cell control cycle
  • Forensic acarology
  • Human neural differentiation and cancer
  • Intracellular host-symbiont interactions
  • Mechanisms of mammalian signal transduction
  • Metabolic regulation
  • Metal-microbe interaction
  • Microbiology of extreme environments
  • Molecular medical/veterinary entomology
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Neurodegenerative genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Reproductive parasites and pathogens of invertebrates
  • Vector biology

Ecology and Evolution with specialisations in:

  • Ancient DNA and long-term environmental change
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biofilms
  • Biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecology of clonal animals
  • Ecophysiology of aquatic organisms
  • Effects of climate change
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Evolution of venomous snakes and venom
  • Evolutionary and population genetics
  • Evolutionary ecology and phylogeography
  • Fisheries Genetics
  • Geographic variation in lizards, snakes and amphibians
  • Molecular and evolutionary ecology
  • Molecular ecology and adaptation
  • Plant ecology
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Wetland ecology
  • Wetlands for Pollution Control

Plant Systems and Technology with specialisations in:

  • Carbon partitioning
  • Physiology and genetics of abiotic stress resistance
  • Physiology of plant growth, cell wall proteins and genes
  • Plant genomics and metabolomics
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Plant physiology and carbon partitioning
  • Plant water relations
  • Plant-rhizosphere interactions
  • Single-cell transcriptomics and metabolomics
  • The biophysics of growth

Research Opportunities

Please read the guidance notes and select your topic from the directory of PhD research opportunities. Topics are listed by academic School and are based on the research interests of academic staff.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree is required

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

More advice about preparing a research proposal

Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University

Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail postgraduatestudy@bangor.ac.uk.

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Home/EU students

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  • Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
  • Apply online yourself through our online application system.

Home/EU students with admissions queries please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk, telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 or write to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Academic Registry
Bangor University
Gwynedd UK
LL57 2DG

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

International students with admissions queries please contact...

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

Further information

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Funding

Several studentships are available. Sponsors include NERC, BBSRC, University of Wales

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