Overview

The School of Biological Sciences aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.
The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast is a key partner in national and global efforts to provide the world’s growing population with a sustainable, safe and secure supply of high quality food.

There are three research themes within the School

- Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability
- Microbes and Pathogen Biology
- Food Safety and Nutrition

Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability (PhD/MPhil)
You’ll contribute to a high level of research activity involving academic staff, postdoctoral scientists and postgraduate research students, and covering topics such as animal behaviour/communication, biodiversity and ecosystem services, coastal and deep-water marine biology, ecological management, water quality, ecosystem ecology, freshwater biology, invasive species and their impact, sustainable aquaculture of shellfish and algae, urban land use, biodiversity, and wildlife ecology.

Microbes and Pathogen Biology (PhD/MPhil)
You’ll work across a diverse array of research interests with a broad ethos that encompasses research in molecular biosciences from molecules to ecosystems.
These interests range from biochemistry, food safety, microbiology and parasite control to plant and soil sciences – linked by common approaches within the molecular biosciences that are aimed at exploiting the ongoing genomic, transcriptomic/proteomic revolution.
You’ll also enjoy a range of strong international links across Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Food Safety and Nutrition (PhD/MPhil)
Research opportunities offered by this programme cover the entire food chain from farm to fork with a strong emphasis on improved food safety and nutrition, public health and food security.
You will conduct research under the supervision of leading scientists based in the Institute for Global Food Security and will benefit from integration with business experts, helping you gain leadership positions nationally and internationally.

Biological Sciences highlights

Industry Links

  • The School has a wide range of strong, international links with governments, academia and industry.

World Class Facilities

  • Students will be based in modern, world-class laboratory facilities equipped with state-of-the-art, highly advanced analytical instruments.
  • Students studying in the Food and Nutrition stream will gain excellent practical experience of advanced and emerging analytical techniques for food safety analysis and monitoring.
 

Programme Details

Research information

Career Prospects

Introduction
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Course structure

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Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,260
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,260
Other (non-UK) EU £4,260
International £19,700

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Biological Sciences costs

Students may incur additional costs for small items of clothing and/or equipment necessary for lab or field work

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?

PhD Funded Opportunities

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Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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New UK PhD loans

The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018. Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Postgraduate-research/find-phd-supervisor

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.


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Keywords

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

BIOCHEMISTRY
FOOD SAFETY
PARASITE

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
FOOD SECURITY

BIOLOGY
SUSTAINABILITY

COASTAL
DEEP-WATER MARINE BIOLOGY

COMMUNICATION
BIODIVERSITY

ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT
WATER QUALITY

ECOLOGY
FRESHWATER
INVASIVE

ECOSYSTEM BIOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY

FOOD SAFETY AND NUTRITION

INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
IGFS

MICROBES AND PATHOGEN BIOLOGY

MICROBIOLOGY
ECOSYSTEM

NUTRITION
PUBLIC HEALTH

SOIL
TRANSCRIPTOMIC
PROTEOMIC

SPECIES
AQUACULTURE
BIODIVERSITY

WILDLIFE
MOLECULAR
ECOSYSTEMS

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Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast
BT9 7BL

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