Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences research degrees

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Our programmes

Choose to carry out your postgraduate studies at Hull and become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community. Our postgraduate students are a well integrated and fundamental to the work that we do, and we pride ourselves on supporting you to make sure that you achieve your full potential. We have developed an international reputation for our research in biomedical science, evolutionary biology, earth science and functional ecology. Our state-of-the-art research facilities include advanced instrumentation such as a new PET Research Centre, automated DNA sequencers, a self-contained ancient DNA laboratory, environmentally controlled tropical and cold water aquarium systems, and a microscopy suite.

We offer MSc by Research and PhD opportunities and we have a network of exceptional research opportunities. An MSc by Research is a postgraduate degree option with more research freedom than the more conventional taught pathways. On this programme, you spend a year on a research project closely advised by your research supervisor. At the end of your project you submit a research thesis, which will be evaluated by a research panel. A PhD, meanwhile is the ultimate form of student-centred learning, allowing you to focus your research interests and make a genuine contribution to science. 


Our academic experts welcome postgraduate research applications across a broad range of topics. 

Biomedical Sciences

We focus on investigating the cellular processes involved in metabolism and energy transduction in health and disease.

  • Biomedical Microfluidics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology and Haemostasis
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Imaging

Environment and Ecology

Our work includes physiological, behavioural and evolutionary studies as well as organism-level research.

  • Aquatic Toxicology
  • Bioscience Education
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Evolutionary Comparative Ecology
  • Network Ecology Group
  • Physical Ecology
  • Sensory Ecology

Evolutionary Biology

Our research examines the varied processes which shape individual, population and species diversity.

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Evolution of Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics
  • Invasion Biology
  • Phylogenetics and Molecular Evolution

We also offer postgraduate supervision in many more areas including estuarine and coastal studies, fisheries, and environment technology and design. We also offer the opportunity for inter-disciplinary research in geography and biology at PhD level.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MSc by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £15,300 (full-time)

Please note, if you're studying for an MSc by Research or PhD in Biomedical Science, there may be some additional bench fees to cover the cost of bench-based research. These will need to be discussed with your supervisor.

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline appropriate to your intended research.

Please contact your prospective supervisor in the first instance. Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, please make a formal application.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Research in Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences was assessed as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest UK-wide Research Exercise Framework.

If you are considering applying to Hull we welcome you to visit our School. Visiting us is a great way to explore the campus, meet some of the staff, chat to current postgraduate students and find out what it is really like at Hull.