University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Environmental Biology

This course enables students on this programme to explore how organisms respond and interact with 1 another in their natural and man-made habitats, a wide spectrum of approaches is employed in environmental biological research ranging from molecular biology to population biology and community ecology.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject; Lower 2nd Class Honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience may be acceptable; IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Course modules

Modules include: Seasonal and hormonal regulation of animal behaviour; reproductive strategies of plants; animal and microbes and their evolution; pollution and environmental change; plants, pathogens and weed control; soil ecology and mineralization; evolutionary genetics; nutrient dynamics and aquatic pollution; biological conservation and biofilms.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a research project.

Sponsorship information

A large number of funded PhD places are offered annually via the UK Research Councils; other studentships may be available through charities, internal funds and some industry- sponsored awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months
MPhil Full-time - 12 months
MPhil Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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