24 months
25000 GBP/year
4596 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Biological Sciences programme from The University of Exeter are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your scientific potential and prepare you for a rewarding future, whatever your chosen career path.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Our location in the South West enables us to undertake a wide range of biological science research, from cell and molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry through to evolutionary, environmental, ecological and conservation studies. The research groups of the Biological Sciences programme from The University of Exeter reflect the interests and expertise of our staff, ensuring that we are able to optimise the knowledge of our academic experts.


Research at our Streatham Campus spans all scales of biological organisation, from molecules to global ecosystems, and we actively foster interdisciplinary research across the University and beyond. 

While many of our research degree graduates choose to continue their scientific research, others have embarked on careers in a variety of other sectors.

Some of our Masters by Research graduates have progressed to further study, but many have sought employment on graduation.

Programme Structure

Our research is organised into nine distinct research themes:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Microbiology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Disease Ecology and Evolution
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Biology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Medical Mycology
  • Microbial Evolutionary Ecology
  • Plant and Algal Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We close to applications wishing to join us for study in 2022/2023 on Friday 16 September. We advise international applicants to submit a complete application by mid-July.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants will typically hold (or be expected to attain) a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in biology or a related subject (or equivalent qualifications from other countries). 
  • Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25000 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4596 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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