Animal Behaviour and Ecology PhD/MPhil

 
  

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Qualification
PhD/MPhil Animal Behaviour and Ecology
Duration
PhD: 3-4 years full-time. MPhil: 2 years full-time.
Entry requirements
2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, February and April
Campus
University Park/Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

This group has a long-established international reputation for work in the fields of behavioural and evolutionary ecology. Interests centre on adaptive decision-making in animals in the context of their life history strategy; the relative investment of resources in growth, survival and reproduction; the evolution of feeding and reproductive strategies in insects; and the impact of habitat fragmentation on communities. See also lichen ecology (Fungal Biology and Genetics).

 

Facilities

Having attracted more than £36m in grants over the last four-year Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) period, as well as funding from the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), we have excellent facilities for genomics and post genomics including bioinformatics, imaging, micro-arrays, model organisms (amphibians, arachnids, bacteria, crustaceans, fish, flies, mammals, worms and yeast) mouse and zebrafish transgenics, proteomics and sequencing.    
 

Research support

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support. 
 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.

 

Funding

UK/EU students

UK/European research postgraduates are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust and The University of Nottingham Scholarship Funds. The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. For prospective students the University has introduced a new funding database. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities are also available. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the school page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 95% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Science who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,024 with the highest being £67,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

 

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

**The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

 
 
 
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