Our research degrees offer the freedom to investigate a cutting-edge topic in depth, working with leading researchers and enjoying access to first-class facilities. Research is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes, with access to a range of state-of-the-art technology facilities. Our reputation is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that we attract annually and by our consistent high level of publications in top international journals. We encourage high-level interdisciplinary collaborations, both nationally and internationally.
We are ranked 13th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In this assessment 60% of our research was deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.
The School has a thriving postgraduate community with approximately 200 research postgraduates. As a postgraduate student at the School of Biosciences, you will benefit from working in an outstanding training and research environment, with a structured and well-supported programme to help you develop your independent research skills.
We offer supervision and/or research projects in the following areas:
- Molecular Biosciences
- Organisms and Environment
- Engineering Living Systems
- Mechanisms of Life and Disease
- Sustainable Planet
- New Technologies.
The School offers opportunities for both full-time and part-time study, with 4 starting points: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April, or 1st July.
Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities
We usually have a number of fully funded studentships which are advertised on the University web site at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/phd-studentships-and-projects
Other PhD Opportunities
Alternatively, prospective students are encouraged to develop and submit a research proposal themselves for consideration. The best way to approach this is to contact member(s) of the academic faculty with similar research interests and explain that you are looking for PhD supervision in their area. From that informal conversation, a project could be discussed and outlined. The members of each of our research divisions and their research interests can be found here:
Organisms & Environment
Alternatively, prospective students may submit an academic CV and research proposal / description to the BIOSI Education Office (BIOSI-PG@cardiff.ac.uk), which will be circulated to academic staff in the relevant faculty. Candidates must specify the research division (listed above) that they wish they CV and proposal to be circulated to.
Please note that if you are not applying for an advertised funded project, it is likely that you will need to source your own funding.
For guidance funding options for your PhD please visit: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding
A minimum of 1st or 2.1 class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, or 2.2 class UK honours degree with a MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
How to Apply
In order to be considered you must submit a formal application via Cardiff University’s online application service. (To access the application system, click the ’Institution Website’ button on this advert).There is a box at the top right of the page labelled ‘Apply’.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and enter the project description in the text box provided.