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Why study a research degree at Warwick?


High quality facilities

The School's facilities include an Interactive Computational Learning Suite with 120 iMacs for bioinformatics and computational skills teaching, the Quantitative Biology Centre, an imaging suite, genomics and proteomics facilities.

You'll also benefit from the BioMed Grid, an informal learning space for individuals and groups tailored to Biological Sciences and Medical students and the Postgraduate Hub.

Researcher working in proteomics lab

Vibrant research community

POstgraduate poster session

We host weekly research seminars featuring internationally-recognised experts in Life Sciences, which will give you the opportunity to engage with academics from across the world. We also host an annual Postgraduate Symposium – a scientific forum and social event bringing all students together to exchange ideas and present their work.


Interdisciplinary and collaborative research

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in other Warwick departments and participate in multiple research centres at Warwick, including the Centres for Integrative Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research, and the Warwick Crop Centre. Life Sciences researchers also contribute to Warwick's global research priority on food.

Collaborative research

The School of Life Sciences has been ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 research ranking exercise. Overall more than 80% of life sciences research was rated as 'World Leading or Internationally Excellent'.


Careers and development


Our Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP) provides workshops for academic and transferable skills development and careers guidance. It covers academic writing, communicating your research and practical research skills, helping you to become an effective and highly-employable researcher. Further training opportunities include Intellectual Property workshops, IT training courses and English language skills classes.


Academic and pastoral support

Students are an integral part of research groups and work closely with their supervisor. In addition to this, students have access to a wide support structure from sources within the School and also from the wider University. These include an independent Advisory Panel for each student, mathematical, statistical and bioinformatics support, a Counselling Service and Postgraduate Tutors to consult on academic and non-academic matters.

Academic and Pastoral Support

Student experience

The facilities, the support and the research staff they have here are second to none in the country.
Andrew King
PhD, Microbiology & Fluid Dynamics