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Faculty of Biology


The School of Biological Sciences offers postgraduate students the opportunity to work with world leading scientists to expand knowledge and understanding across all aspects of biology.  Our researchers are making advances in animal, human, plant and microbial science, from the molecular and cellular levels through to tissues, organs, whole organisms, populations, ecosystems, biodiversity, and human behaviour.

Taught Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree Courses 

There are three taught Master of Philosophy degree courses in the School of Biological Sciences:

MPhil in Biological Sciences (multi-pathway programme)

The MPhil in Biological Sciences is a new multi-pathway programme designed to deliver outstanding postgraduate level training which reflects the Research Themes within the School of Biological Sciences via distinct 'pathways' (6 in the first instance). The course offers both common training sessions and pathway-specific taught components, in addition to a 32-week long lab-based research project in a specialist area. More details...

Research (MPhil and PhD) Degree Courses 

Details of the Masters courses and PhD opportunities in the Biological Sciences can be found on the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions website  and are easily searchable via the online course directory.  In addition, postgraduate applicants can search for funding via the University’s Funding Portal. Potential postgraduate supervisors and their areas of expertise can be accessed via the Postgraduate School of Lifesciences website.  This site also hosts information on researcher development and funding opportunities for postgraduate students within the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences, which comprises both the School of Clinical Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences.