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Biological and Environmental Sciences

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    MAR-21, APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The School of Biological Sciences has a global reputation for cutting edge research, incorporating theoretical, empirical and experimental studies on plants, animals and microbes, spanning from gene to global scales, from the deep to high altitude and from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

We welcome applications from self-funded students at any time.

We offer a small number of our postgraduate research degrees by distance learning. These are ideal for students who are unable to relocate to Aberdeen.

Most of the projects are computer based, using modelling or advanced data analysis to explore exciting challenges in biological sciences. A PhD in Biological Sciences (Distance Learning) can be either full-time (36 months) or part-time (60 months). If you are interested in an intensive 12 month MSc by Research through Distance Learning.

Distance Learning students receive the same level of supervision as on-campus students, with supervision meetings normally conducted online or by telephone. Distance learning students have access to the University Library and resources, and are welcome to visit the campus (a student visitor visa may be required). For students conducting modelling projects, access to high power computing is provided.

Research in the School of Biological Science is structured via 4 key clusters:

The group focuses on the impact of natural and anthropogenic processes on the dynamics and distribution of individuals, populations and species. Key areas of focus include: Individual variation, population dynamics of Trophic interaction, fisheries ecology, conservation ecology, tropical and temperate forest ecology, theoretical ecology and modelling and life history variation.

We offer world leading expertise in eco-evolutionary dynamics in natural populations and insight into evolutionary adaptation of organisms, environmental change, causes, consequences and adaptive genetic diversity among individuals and populations. Research focus includes: modelling of eco-evolutionary dynamics, functional genomics and molecular ecology.

The key areas we focus on include: soil microbial diversity, soil carbon, ecosystem processes, marine bio-geochemistry, biosensors and bioremediation, soil physics and environmental modelling

We study processes and function of life at all levels, from molecular to entire organisms. We then frame functional diversity in different contexts. Key areas of research focus include: Fish immunology and physiology; animal energetics; host, pathogen and parasite interactions.

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Aberdeen

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  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 103 6

    23rd out of 72 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    178 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    179 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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