24 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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With a commitment to interdisciplinary research, the Biology research degree from University of York is arranged in nine foci that use state-of-the-art technology to address three global challenges facing humanity; health and disease, sustainable food and fuel, and environmental change. Read more about our research and its impact.

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The Biology research degree from University of York is proud to be ranked first for research impact and top 10 for overall research performance in the Times Higher Education ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 

Our almost 70 principal investigators are supported by current grants totalling £52 million. Every step of our research is carried out with the indispensable help of postgraduate students. No matter which area of Biology you specialise in, you will be working alongside some of the world’s biggest names in their respective fields, at the cutting edge of scientific exploration. Learn more about our academic staff and their research interests.


A research degree is internationally recognised as a demonstration that you have the skills, intellect and motivation to carry out original research and present it convincingly. It is more or less essential to have a research degree if you plan a career as an independent researcher with responsibility for your own research programme, whether in academia, research institutes, or industry. In this case, the next stage will probably be a postdoctoral position where you will broaden your research experience and perhaps do some teaching and help to supervise other staff and students.

A lifetime of research is not for everyone, though, and there are many other careers in which the skills you develop during your research degree will certainly not be wasted. You will have learnt to think rigorously for yourself, to find information and teach yourself what you need to know, to present your case convincingly in writing and to an audience, to meet deadlines, and to plan your work effectively on short and long timescales. Employers of all kinds recognise and value skills like these.

Programme Structure

  • All our research students benefit from a balanced programme of training in broader research-related skills that enhance their career prospects. This is tailored to individual needs, taking into account previous experience and future career aims.
  • General courses for all students include project planning, writing and presentation skills, ethics and integrity, data science and teaching.
  • Specific courses for individual needs might include advanced science training through our Masters modules in bioinformatics, etc.
  • We have an in-house Graduate Skills Coordinator who oversees our training provision and develops it to meet the needs of all our students.
  • Each student has a training record and needs to spend about two weeks each year on training activities.
  • Our course is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the UK research councils.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Before submitting an application you need to identify a research project that interests you. We would encourage you to email a 2-page academic CV along with a brief supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the project, to the appropriate academic member of staff for discussion. The potential supervisor will decide whether or not you should submit an application through our University online system.
  • To browse the research projects available and apply for a postgraduate degree programme, please click on the fully-funded PhD projects or self-funded projects button in the degree programme section above. To propose your own research project and apply for a postgraduate degree programme please click on the self-funded projects button.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • Eu/International Part-time: £11,950

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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