Research opportunities

We recruit around 15-20 new PhD students each year. There are also many opportunities for post doctoral or technical research on projects within the research sections (advertised both externally and internally):

  • Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

As a postgraduate research student, you would have the opportunity to conduct original, supervised research within one of these areas, leading to the writing of a thesis for your degree after 3 to 3½ years.

Scientific quality, service to the public or industry, published output, income generation, and technology transfer are the main motivations for our research. Specialised technical training is organised as required, and all research students develop more generally applicable skills through personalised programmes drawing on the courses put on by the School and the University.

Research Interests

Research in the School covers a wide range, and we encourage you to visit the personal web pages of staff to find out more.

In Biomedical Sciences:

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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Horticulture and Plant Science

Solve environmental challenges

The University has a number of new opportunities for PhDs beginning in autumn 2017, including doctoral research positions fully-funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Apply now for a fully-funded PhD in environmental research.


The department is active within the wider research community and scientific synergy with other UK and international research establishments such as the Institute for Animal Health, Rothamsted ResearchSyngenta,  The James Hutton Institute, East Malling Research and many others is vibrant.

Things to do now

  • See our research
  • Meet our staff
  • Take a self guided tour of the University

Discuss your research degree

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