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We offer PhD degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Ecologists can research interactions between species and between species and their environments that influence abundance and distribution. Address climate change adaptation, design of habitat networks and agri-environment schemes.

Evolutionary biologists will use modern analytical tools to research the evolution of plants, animals and microbes. We’re developing new methods to incorporate fossils and geographic data into phylogenies, detect natural selection on phenotypes and probe gene network evolution and adaptive landscapes.

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Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.

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Part-time study

Part-time PhDs are available as well as full-time, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances.

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PhD by Distance

Our PhD by Distance programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a different location.

Find a PhD

Find a PhD opportunity that aligns with your interests and career ambitions.

We want to ensure that your time spent with us is as rewarding as possible. To allow you to explore your various options, here's a list of some of currently available PhD opportunities across the School of Biological Sciences.

We do, however, offer many more options, so please contact us for further information. You can propose your own project that aligns with our research. Find out more about how to apply for a PhD.

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