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Why study with us


International reputation

Biological sciences research at Cardiff University was ranked in the top 25 worldwide and the top 5 in the UK in 2019.


World-leading research

Our School plays a lead role in several University Research Institutes and runs a conservation focused field centre in Borneo, Malaysia.



Our research has a real impact across many areas including conservation strategies and river management.


Fully-funded PhDs

We offer a number of fully-funded studentships in a variety of research areas.


Self-funded PhDs

We offer research projects in a variety of research areas to self-funded students from the UK, the EU and overseas.


Living costs

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK, making it an ideal city to study.

Our postgraduate taught programme

Our MSc programme offers both lecture-based and practical learning. Through high levels of academic and professional support, you are encouraged to take an active role in your own development.


Global Ecology and Conservation (MSc)

The world is facing unprecedented challenges, and to meet these challenges, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact. Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation covers the major conservation issues affecting various habitats across the globe. Be the change.

I would recommend Cardiff University to prospective postgraduate students. There's a very supportive learning environment and a good network of researchers here, and Cardiff is also a really great city to live in.
Rachel Rowe

Our postgraduate research programmes

Our Master of Research (MRes) is a valuable postgraduate qualification is designed to help you improve and develop your skills as a scientific researcher. Our PhD and MPhil research degrees offer the freedom to investigate a cutting-edge topic in depth, working with leading researchers and enjoying access to first-class facilities.

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MRes in Biosciences

This one-year programme will provide you with the essential skills, techniques and experience necessary to become a more competent, employable researcher. You may even have the opportunity to undertake a research project in the laboratory of an internationally-renowned scientist within the School of Biosciences.

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Studying a PhD and a MPhil

Be part of our world-leading research, which spans the biological and biomedical sciences and is led by internationally renowned researchers. From global change to modelling and engineering living systems, the research at the School of Biosciences is making real-world impacts.

The MRes programme offers you the chance to work with a number of incredible, innovative research teams in impressive research facilities. Through their teaching and support they have enabled me to decide the best career path for me, and aided in my applications which ultimately led to my gaining of the PhD opportunity.
Megan Illingworth

Learning from the best

Manisha is studying her PhD at the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute focusing on prostate cancer.

Fish hives in Tobago

During Kathryn's PhD at the School of Biosciences she led a project creating cheap and sustainable fish hives to help recover coral reefs in Tobago.

A PhD with the Otter Project

What can found dead otters teach you about contaminants, disease, and population biology across the UK? Emily is completing her PhD with Cardiff University's Otter Project, a long term environmental surveillance scheme, using otters found dead to create conservation strategies.

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