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PhD in Life Sciences (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

This is a practical course based on a single research project, carried out under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. Assessment is by dissertation and oral examination. All students also participate in a programme of transferrable and research skills training.

Being funded for your studies from one of our Doctoral Training Programmes means that certain bespoke training activities are required under that programme. Our School of Life Sciences website offers further information on Postgraduate Research courses and funding.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Areas for PhD supervision

  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Biotechnology
  • Brain Function and Neuro-Degeneration
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Systems and Ageing
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Resource Management and Ecosystems
  • Epidemiology and Modelling
  • Food Security
  • Gene Expression
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Infectious Disease
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Molecular Structure and Mechanism
  • Network Reengineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathogenesis Mechanisms
  • Plant Pathology and Entomology
  • Plant Science
  • Signalling Pathways
  • Synthetic Biology

Full details of our research interests are listed on the School of Life Sciences website.

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.

Find a supervisor

Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

Explore our School of Life Sciences Staff Research pages where you will be able to filter by research theme. Research proposals should be developed in consultation with a potential supervisor. For further information, see How to Apply.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Funding routes available

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Living costs

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Life Sciences at Warwick

Warwick Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence with more than 80% of our research rated as 'world leading or internationally excellent' in the REF 2014 assessment. Our focus is in excellent teaching and research with impact.

Find out more about us on our website


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