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)
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.
- Microbial and soil ecology
- Endangered Species research
- Genomics, metagenomics, population and environmental genetics of plants, animals and microbes
- Ecotoxicology in aquatic and terrestrial environments
- Community ecology including pest management
- Interactions between organisms and their food resources
- Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
- Chemical ecology and waste management
- Population dynamics in freshwater and terrestrial systems
- Predator-prey and host-parasite interactions
- Epidemiology and pathogenesis, including medically important bacteria
- Seminar Programme: The Organisms and Environment Division has an active seminar programme to enable postgraduate students to meet top international researchers and also present their own research (see our website)
For details of ongoing projects and collaborations, please visit the web pages of individual Organisms and Environment Division members.
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.
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.
UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July
Name: Mrs Swapna Khandavalli
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5243
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211