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PhD in Life Sciences

Standard Duration: 3-4 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject

English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A

The course is based on a single research project, under the training and supervision of one or more of our Academic staff. You will work in a high-quality, research-focused environment. We have strong links with research institutions, business and industry, both in the UK and overseas. Research at Warwick is innovative, creative, demanding and interdisciplinary, ranging from lab-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and biomedicine.

Areas for PhD supervision include:

Animal Health and Welfare; Biogeochemical Cycles; Brain Function and Neuro-Degeneration; Cell Biology; Developmental Systems and Ageing; Environmental Microbiology; Environmental Resource Management and Ecosystems; Epidemiology and Modelling; Food Security; Gene Expression; Genomics and Bioinformatics; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Molecular Systems Biology; Infectious Disease; Molecular Structure and Mechanism; Network Reengineering; Neuroscience; Pathogenesis
Mechanisms; Plant Science; Signalling Pathways; Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology.

We also offer a joint PhD in Life Sciences with our partner institution Monash University in
Melbourne, Australia. For more information visit

This course is also offered via the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership at Warwick. Find out more.

Application Fact File

Entry Requirements
PhD: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject

PhD in Synthetic Biology: Applicants are
normally expected to have achieved a strong 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in
physical sciences (e.g. Engineering, Physics,
plant sciences, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics, computing) or life sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry) with strong mathematical skills

MSc: 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject
English Language Requirements

Band A - IELTS 6.5


All applications should be made online at

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Please visit the Life Sciences website to see the scholarships available for research students. Details of other funding opportunities can be found via the Graduate School.