Our research ranges across the biological sciences, from the understanding of precisely how neurons grow, to the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases, the molecular basis of animal and plant development and exploring the genetics of orang-utans, elephants, pandas and other endangered species.
Research is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes, with access to a range of state-of-the-art technology facilities. Our reputation is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that we attract annually and by our consistent high level of publications in top international journals. We encourage high-level interdisciplinary collaborations, both nationally and internationally.
We are ranked 13th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In this assessment 60% of our research was deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.
|Mode of study||Full-time, part-time|
|Qualification||PhD, MPhil, MD|
|Full-time duration||PhD: 3-4 years; MD: 2 years; MPhil: 1-2 years|
|Part-time duration||PhD: 7 years; MD: 5 years; MPhil: 5 years|
|Start dates||January, April, July, October|
Students will train in internationally renowned laboratories under full supervision to complete a high-level research project.
Our excellent seminar, skills and training programme at Cardiff University provides a fully tailored and vibrant research culture to ensure your professional development and employability.
The School offers laboratory-based research degrees to recognised graduates of Medicine that focus on a specific clinical research topic to make an original contribution to medical knowledge. As an MD student, you will receive a high level of supervision and access to specialist research skills training.
MPhil research offers a shorter and more focused project than studying for a PhD. An MPhil degree offers students an opportunity to build on previous academic and professional experience to develop research skills. MPhil students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of all research activities.
We offer supervision and/or research projects in the following areas:
- Molecular Biosciences
- Organisms and Environment
- Engineering Living Systems
- Mechanisms of Life and Disease
- Sustainable Planet
- New Technologies.
We currently have a range of projects available to apply for within the School of Biosciences, some of which are offered as part of our range of DTP involvements.
UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
The majority of our PhD students are funded through the Research Council UK DTP studentships (such as NERC GW4+; BBSRC SWBio; MRC Biomed, EPSRC DTP), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust Integrative Neuroscience PhD programmes, School and institutional funded studentships, overseas cultural embassies, Commonwealth Scholarships and charities.
Some PhD students are self-funded, and we encourage self-funded students to apply.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
Students from the rest of the world (international)
Applicants are asked to hand in a research proposal alongside their application.
If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal – instead please submit a statement of support.
Note: Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible, especially when funded by external sponsors.
A 1st or Upper 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent is usually required. MSc/MPhil for PhD Programme.
Suitable for graduates in biological and related sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology, aural and oral sciences, biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science and informatics, forensic science, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, optometry and vision sciences, mathematics and statistics, pharmacology, psychology, sport sciences and zoology.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.