The School of Biosciences currently has over 60 senior Academic Staff including 9 holders of prestigious independent research fellowships. There are over 150 postgraduates and 100 postdoctoral fellows.
The diversity that exists in Biosciences is mirrored in the School, encompassing a very wide range of expertise amongst academic staff. Research is organised into six research "themes": Biosystems and Environmental Change, Computational Biology, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, Molecular Cell Biology and Signalling, Plant Genetics and Cell Biology and Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics. These are of international repute and have substantial research income from Research Councils, Charities and government bodies amounting to some £23 million in current contracts. The School received a Research rating of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise
You will soon discover that you have become a member of a worldwide research community. The School provides a number of mechanisms to encourage international research interactions. We sponsor your membership of a learned society, help you win support from Research Councils and Charities for attendance at international meetings and have funds to assist overseas travel and conference attendance. The Biosciences Graduate Research School, to which all our research students are enrolled, assesses training needs of individual students and provides opportunities for training and personal development.
We also run research Masters (MRes) programmes in Analytical Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Molecular Mechanistic Toxicology. Excellent students may be taken into the PhD programme after completion of these courses.
PhD studentships, which may be for three or four years include those funded by the University, the Darwin Trust, Research Council Quota/CASE/Industry/Committee studentships and by various charities. Research Council awards are only available to students whose permanent residence is in the UK or EU. A number of financial awards may be made to overseas students who are paying their fees themselves, to help support their stay in Birmingham. In addition, a number of Darwin scholarships in bacterial/microbial molecular genetics are available to graduates whose permanent residence is outside the U.K.
We endeavour to give prospective students a rapid decision on their application. Our policy is to interview good applicants after they apply and to make a decision of whether to accept, hold, or reject within 4-6 weeks of the receipt of a completed application form. High quality students put on hold will receive an offer of a place, subject to the availability of awards, confirmed by the end of June each year.