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Entomology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

We have 64 Entomology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahStudying a PhD in Entomology, you’ll have three or four years to conduct an extended piece of research into insects, how they interact with other organisms and their environment. Your work may be aiming to control insect pests, studying how an insect population interacts with the ecosystem or investigating how the environment affects insect populations. This work can be directly useful in improving crop yield or reducing disease, better storage of fabric or improving biodiversity.

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

A PhD in Entomology would allow you to develop skills both in field work, learning methods of sampling and observation to gather the most useful data and in the laboratory to analyse samples. The amount of time you spend doing field work and in the laboratory will depend on your exact project. For example, if you’re studying the life cycle of an insect species you may exclusively study them in the laboratory, with only one species they interact with.

Some typical research topics in Entomology include:

  • Developing potential insecticides or methods of managing a certain insect population
  • Studying the importance of an insect species on the ecosystem
  • How environmental changes affect insect populations
  • Studying the life cycle of a species
  • Investigating how an insect may cause plant disease

Most Entomology projects are advertised with attached funding. However, some advertised projects require you to find funding yourself, which can be tricky as it must cover both PhD and bench fees. This is also the reason why proposing your own project in Entomology is uncommon.

In a general day, you’ll be in the field observing your insect of interest and how it interacts with the environment or in the laboratory observing the insects out of their natural habitat. You’ll also write up complete sections of your work and discuss difficulties and results with your supervisor and colleagues.

Upon completion of your practical work in the final year, you’ll write a thesis of approximately 60,000 words and defend your work during a viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Entomology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, 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 Entomology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Entomology 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 Entomology 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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Funded PhD - The source of toxicity: Does exposure to soil contaminated with pesticides have negative impacts on solitary bees?

The source of toxicity. Does exposure to soil contaminated with pesticides have negative impacts on solitary bees?. Wild bees, such as solitary bees, are vital pollinators of crops and wildflowers, and so bee declines threaten both food security and natural ecosystems. Read more

Using UK cemeteries to record and monitor non-native arthropods

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds make up 4% of UK’s greenspaces and are thought to play an important role as havens for wildlife given that they are less disturbed than the surrounding habitat. Read more

Fitness effects of germline-specific DNA

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Complex organisms, like ourselves, contain trillions of cells, each a little different in order to make skin, bones, blood and all the other tissues that make up our bodies. Read more
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Acoustic ecology of South African Neuroptera

There exists a 65-million-year-old acoustic battle between bats and flying insects that resumes every night across the globe. Bats, armed with ultrasonic sonar, target and pursue a myriad of night flying insects. 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

The Evolution of Vision in Mosquitoes

Background . Due to their capacity to transmit viruses such as Zika and parasites like Plasmodium (the causative agent of malaria), mosquitos are regarded by the World Health Organization as one of the most lethal organisms on our planet (WHO | Global vector control response 2017–2030, 2020). Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Biological control of mosquitoes: optimising the efficacy of native macroinvertebrate predators

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Biological control of mosquitoes often fails and thus needs radical new approaches; here, we will harness variation in the predatory efficiencies of native invertebrate predators of mosquitoes. Read more

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