PhD Genetics / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
36 months full-time
Entry requirements
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The study of genetics underpins many aspects of research within environmental and evolutionary biology. Genetics-based research examines the roles of gene expression, genetic interactions, genetic mutation and gene inheritance, and how these processes exert a biological effect, determine adaption and evolution. Genomics tools such as next-generation sequencing can be used to quantify the presence of genes or activity of genes and gene products either for the study of individual species or for the analysis of whole communities. In particular, metagenomics analyses are allowing us to understand aspects of ecosystem function at greater detail. In addition to the study of natural systems, genetic research may use model organisms such as yeast, Drosophila and Arabidopsis in order to understand the biological function of individual genes. Relevant research projects include the bioarchaeological study of ancient life, population genetics of disease vectors, evolutionary genetics and genomics, phyologenetics, and genetic responses to biotic and abiotic stress.

Open days

Postgraduate research open day - 24th October 2018

NERC DTP interview day for funded studentships - TBC


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,327, Low £8,750, Medium £15,500, High £20,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £23,000, Low £25,000, Medium £30,500, High £35,500

Contact details

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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