The School of Biological Sciences is involved in research across a wide range of topics, from molecular cell biology through to whole organism studies and modelling of ecosystems. The School provides a vibrant, internationally-competitive research environment, in which 76%of our work is classified as internationally excellent or world-leading . Our research is organised into three centres: Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and Plant Molecular Sciences. Research collaborations and the sharing of technical expertise take place across the whole School. There is also active collaboration with other Departments at Royal Holloway, and with many other universities and organisations, both in the UK and overseas. There are 32 permanent members of academic staff in the School, together with some 69 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Assistants, and over 70 postgraduate students. All are housed in well-equipped, up to date laboratories in a single building in the centre of the campus.
The School has extensive facilities and equipment for research in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. This includes marine and freshwater aquaria, containment suites for genetic manipulation, environmentally-controlled plant growth rooms, electrophysiology suite, fluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopes, electron microscopes, and a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry facility with MALDI-TOF, LC-MS/MS and GC-MS systems for proteomics and metabolomics.
As well as receiving training in skills and techniques specific to their research project, students also benefit from our formal training programme which includes seminar presentation, writing skills, teaching skills and commercial exploitation of research.
Funding for our research and PhD studentships comes from the European Commission, Research Councils (BBSRC, MRC, and NERC), medical research charities, wildlife and environmental organisations, commercial organisations and government agencies.
Students first register for an MPhil and then transfer to a PhD subject to satisfactory progress in their first year.
Prospective applicants should visit our research webpage:-
and follow the links there to see details of the research interests of our staff. Potential supervisors working in areas relevant to your interests should then be emailed directly.
Current PhD studentship vacancies are advertised on the School homepage:-