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Biodiversity PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 165 Biodiversity PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

A PhD in Biodiversity provides you with the opportunity to study an ecosystem in detail during a three-year project. Whether you’re working in a tropical rainforest, a city, or the ocean, you’ll be investigating the factors that have been influencing biodiversity or trying to develop ways of reducing the impact.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Biodiversity?

As a Biodiversity PhD student, you’re likely to spend time doing field work and collecting samples that you’ll later analyse in the laboratory. Depending on your exact project you’ll spend more or less time in the laboratory, but regardless, you’ll gain a range of skills and experience in your field.

Some typical research topics in Biodiversity include:

  • Impacts of mining/quarries on biodiversity
  • Conservation management plans
  • Developing artificial habitats to reduce the loss of biodiversity
  • The effect of climate change on biodiversity
  • Effectiveness of National Pollinator Strategy
  • The effects of deep-sea plastic on sea life (cross over with Marine Biology)

A general day will consist of surveying your ecosystem of interest and recording data or testing samples previously taken in the laboratory. You’ll also spend time chatting to your supervisor and colleagues about your methods and results and plan your next set of observations and experiments. At the end of your PhD, you’ll produce a thesis of around 60,000 words and have a viva exam to defend your work.

The majority of Biodiversity PhD programmes are advertised projects that come with full funding attached. While the project is pre-determined to a degree, you are responsible for choosing where to take the work along the way.

Proposing your own project in Biodiversity is uncommon, as you’ll have to find a supervisor with research interests that overlap with your project, they need to have the connections to send you to your ecosystem of study, and you must find funding to cover both PhD and bench fees.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biodiversity PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with experience in Environmental Biology desirable, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Biodiversity funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biodiversity PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Biodiversity PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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An experimental approach to mitigating hippo human conflict

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is one of a handful of extant African megaherbivore species. Unlike other megafauna, hippo are relatively underfunded and understudied. Read more

CDTS327: Can habitat restoration deliver effective mitigation for marine and estuarine fish?

Numerous restoration projects are currently seeking to reverse losses of seagrass, saltmarsh and other coastal habitats. These habitats are considered to be important nurseries for juvenile fish and therefore critical for sustaining coastal fish populations. Read more

Environmental Digital Twins for Sustainable Water Management

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. This project will develop digital twins for constructed wetlands (CWs) to model and assess the impacts of changing climate, hydrology, and biodiversity fluctuations on the overall performance and pollution removal efficiency of CWs. Read more

Reproduction in a warming world – investigating climate change and fertility in important insects

The problem. We are starting to see the devastating impacts of climate change, including accelerating biodiversity loss. However, most biological predictions of how climate change will impact species’ ranges and population persistence are based on the lethal temperatures. Read more

Impact of environmental change on the dynamics of freshwater zooplankton and their parasites

Zooplankton are arguably the most important trophic group in lake ecosystems. Their grazing controls algal populations, including harmful or nuisance blooms and they themselves provide food for higher trophic levels such as larger invertebrates and fish. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: The challenges facing African lions: human and environmental impacts

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Climate change and human expansion are progressively affecting ecosystems around the world, contributing to substantial wildlife decline and biodiversity loss. Read more

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