Integrated PhD in Life Sciences

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Integrated PhD Life Sciences 

MRes: 1 year full-time
PhD: 3-4 years full-time

Entry requirements

MRes: 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
PhD: 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject

6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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The School of Life Sciences is a vibrant research environment which provides a focus for biological, ecological and biomedical research at the University of Nottingham. The wide-ranging interests and expertise of academic supervisors means that research projects are available from single molecule analyses through to studies at the level of whole organisms and ecosystems. A multi-disciplinary research and training programme is strongly supported in this environment. We can offer projects for the award of an Integrated PhD in Life Sciences from right across this broad spectrum of science including synthetic biology, parasitology, clinical nutrition, biochemistry and genetics.

Integrated PhDs allow students to undertake taught courses in addition to the research degree. The School of Life Sciences offers access to higher level undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in all aspects of biochemistry, physiology, genetics and ecology, chosen specifically with you to complement your research degree. 



The school is extremely well equipped for contemporary research projects in Life Sciences with state-of-the-art Next Generation DNA and RNA sequencing, world class microscopy and imaging facilities and a world-renowned synthetic biology research centre.

Research support

In addition to academic supervisors and their teams, research support is provided through different technology platforms driven by highly skilled research technicians across the school. Projects requiring extensive field work are strongly encouraged and supported. The Postgraduate Research Committee actively support training and development of students and ensure they develop into adept, well rounded and independent research life scientists.

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

Graduate School

The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Nottingham. 

We offer dedicated facilities, resources and development opportunities including training courses, seminars, paid placements, travel and mobility awards and public engagement opportunities. Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also have access to a dedicated training programme delivered by academics and researchers from the faculty or by researcher development professionals from the Graduate School and other professional services. It provides a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses, in line with the requirements set out by the UK Research Councils.

Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

The Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is a hub for postgraduate and research only staff networking and aims to promote a sense of community and enhance the research environment.

Facilities include:

  • study and social space 
  • networked computers
  • a bookable seminar room
  • kitchen facilities
  • a programme of social events



Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.

Fees and funding

UK/EU students

At least 20 PhD students are recruited annually, 10-12 of which are fully funded by MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. These are usually advertised in January/February on the current vacancies site and on FindAPhD.

The school often has scholarships available. These will be advertised on the school’s website as well as the Jobs in Research website and at the University of Nottingham's vacancies website.

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding and 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. 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.



Our PhD students are highly employable and find many opportunities both within academic research and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Training in transferrable skills means that graduates are not limited to pure science careers and some students go to find opportunities in education, commerce, scientific writing and patent law.

Many of our MRes graduates will go on to further study as PhD students, using their year with us to equip them with the research skills to demonstrate their readiness for advanced level PhD study.

Average starting salary and career progression


In 2017, 94.9% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,400 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.



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+44 (0)115 951 5559
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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