Fungal Biology and Genetics PhD/MPhil


Research within the group is focused on fungi, including yeasts, filamentous fungi and lichens. The group is interested in the physiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics and genomics of these organisms, for example in the use of fungi as cell factories for the production of proteins and pharmaceuticals. Ecological interests include lichen ecophysiology and the role of lichens in ecosystems. Other major research areas are stress response mechanisms and cell individuality in yeasts and filamentous fungi, the genetics of sexual reproduction in pathogenic fungi and those used in the biotechnology and food sectors, and the epigenetic control of gene transcription.

Course Facilities

Having attracted more than £36m in grants over the last four-year Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) period, as well as funding from the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), we have excellent facilities for genomics and post genomics including bioinformatics, imaging, micro-arrays, model organisms (amphibians, arachnids, bacteria, crustaceans, fish, flies, mammals, worms and yeast) mouse and zebrafish transgenics, proteomics and sequencing.

Course Research support

A number of University support services  exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA)  are a particularly important source of support.


UK/EU students

UK/European research postgraduates are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust and The University of Nottingham Scholarship Funds. The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. For prospective students the University has introduced a new funding database.  The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities  are also available. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

Additional opportunities

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Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 90.9% of postgraduates from biology taught courses and research opportunities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £23,717 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our  Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment  fairs  are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia. 

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