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Organisms and Environment (PhD/MPhil/MD)

PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years; MD 2 years (full-time) / PhD 5 years; MPhil 2-3 years; MD 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Description

The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level. Our aim is to understand the ecological, health and genetic consequences of environmental change on biological diversity. Our approach is to focus on processes and prediction, combining ecological, experimental and molecular approaches, in contrasting groups of organisms. All the major groups are studied, including animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Research areas are broadly divided into three areas:

1. Genomes, Diversity and Adaptation
2. Individuals, Ecosystems and GlobalChange
3. Microbes, Infection and Communities

PhD projects tend to be multidisciplinary in nature, and range from field ecology to experimental microbiology to population genomics. The group has a field centre in Sabah, Malaysia and O&E faculty are also responsible for maintaining the School’s Molecular Biology and Analytical support facilities. In this large and lively research division, many projects are run in collaboration with Universities and Research Institutes elsewhere in the UK and abroad, as well as with other departments (such as Earth and Ocean Sciences, Social Sciences, City and Regional Planning) within the University.

Further information on researchers and facilities within O&E is available on the School's website.

Research Areas

Special Features

For details of ongoing projects and collaborations, please visit the web pages of individual Organisms and Environment Division members.

Entry Requirements

1st or Upper 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent. MSc/MPhil for PhD Programme.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.


For details on studentships, please visit the fully-funded PhD studentships web pages.

Self-funded PhD projects in Biosciences are also avaialable.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form of Cardiff University. You can find the link at the bottom of this page. If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal, instead please submit a statement of support.

Note: Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible, especially when funded by external sponsors.

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April, or 1 July

School Contact

Name: Ms Beth Beckett  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5243 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211 


School Website:

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Funding Available

There are current funding opportunities for this course. Click here.


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