Masters by Research or PhD Biological Sciences (Postgraduate)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

The university offers a broad range of research opportunities in biological sciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in both field and laboratory settings. Projects generally use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, providing excellent training and preparation for future careers.

Research areas

Ecology and environment

The university offers a broad range of research opportunities in biological sciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in both field and laboratory settings. Projects generally use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, providing excellent training and preparation for future careers.

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Social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; mammalian biology (including equine). Recent research projects include: the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of disease in seabirds.

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; mammalian biology (including equine). Recent research projects include: the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of disease in seabirds.

Citizen science and public engagement

The use of volunteer ‘citizen science’ data in ecology and zoology; the public understanding of science. Recent research projects include: nationwide flying ant survey to map distribution of swarms; documentation of occurrence of house spiders through “spider in da house” app; and an international survey of starling murmuration behaviour (all in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology); the accuracy of the public in recording animal behaviour (in collaboration with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust).

Research opportunities are also available in the following areas: Countryside and Community or Geography and Environmental Sciences.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

 

Entry requirements

  • MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. Option to upgrade to a PhD
  • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent 

Fees

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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

"Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care."

Publications

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Develop your skills in research methods through dedicated modules

Use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, that will provide excellent training and preparation for future careers.

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Five specialist research areas

Use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, that will provide excellent training and preparation for future careers.

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Sustainability research

The university is widely recognised as a centre for sustainability research and offers a broad range of research opportunities in biological sciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in both field and laboratory settings.  

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