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):
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 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:
- Virology [Professor Ian Jones, , Dr Ben Neuman]
- Bacteriology [Professor Simon Andrews, Dr Sheila MacIntyre, Dr Simon Clarke, Professor Rob Jackson]
- Cardio-vascular health and mammal physiology [Professor Gavin Brooks, Professor Jon Gibbins, Professor Ketan Patel, Dr David Leake, Dr Andrew Bicknell, Dr Philip Dash]
- Cancer [Professor Philippa Darbre, Dr Michael Fry]
- Endocrinology [Professor Phil Knight]
- Structural Biology [Dr Kim Watson, Dr Liam McGuffin]
- Plant-microbial interactions [Professor Rob Jackson]
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Horticulture and Plant Science
- Urban Ecology Over 50% of humanity lives in urban areas, yet most of ecological science focuses on sparsely inhabited or agricultural areas. If we are to conserve the diversity of life and enhance our own lives in towns and cities, we must understand their ecology better and manage it well.This research theme draws together the programmes of many members of staff in areas covered below
- Conservation [Professor Mark Fellowes, Dr Graham Holloway, Dr Phil Baker, Dr Jonathan Mitchley, Dr Colin Prescott, Prof Julie Hawkins, Dr Alastair Culham]
- Parasitology and Forensic Biology (Acarology, Endosymbionts of mites and insects)[Dr M. Alejandra Perotti]
- Evolutionary Biology [Dr M. Alejandra Perotti, Professor Mark Pagel, Professor Mark Fellowes, Professor James Cook, Dr Louise Johnson, Dr Alastair Culham]
- Plant taxonomy and phylogenetics [Prof Julie Hawkins, Dr Alastair Culham]
- Plant development [Professor Nick Battey, Professor Rob Jackson]
- Crop Protection and Ecotoxicology [Dr Amanda Callaghan, Dr Paul Hatcher, Dr Graham Holloway, Dr Colin Prescott]
- Landscape Restoration [Dr Jonathan Mitchley]
- Horticulture [Professor Nick Battey]
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 Research, Syngenta, The James Hutton Institute, East Malling Research and many others is vibrant.