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Teaching and research

By choosing to study a postgraduate research degree with us, you will be joining a vibrant, multi-national research community of more than 300 postgraduate research students, working alongside postdoctoral researchers, technical specialists and academic staff.

Students join our research community from a wide range of backgrounds including biologists, chemists, nutritionists, economists, mathematicians, computer scientists and sociologists. You can study full or part time, allowing you to combine your studies with work or other responsibilities.

The school offers research degrees with the awards of MPhil, PhD, and MRes.

The normal duration of these awards is:

  • PhD (3 or 4 year)
  • MPhil (2 year)
  • MRes (1 year, part-time options may be available)

Research themes

Research in the school is grouped into nine themes:

  • Soil and environment
  • Microbiology
  • Plant and crop
  • Animal and livestock
  • Food and drink
  • Nutrition and health
  • Fundamental biology
  • Advanced technologies
  • Sustainable agriculture

Key facts

  • The School of Biosciences is one of the strongest teaching and research centres for fundamental and applied biological and food science in the UK.
  • Number 1 research environment in the UK for agriculture, veterinary and food science (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science) was judged to be of international quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014)


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