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Canterbury Christ Church University: Biological Sciences

Institution Canterbury Christ Church University View institution profile
Department School of Human and Life Sciences
Study type Research


MPhil/PhD research in Biological Sciences spans all biological levels, from molecular analyses to ecosystem study. Mphil: A successful thesis will demonstrate an appropriate ability to conduct an original investigation, to test ideas, whether your own or those of others, and to understand the relationship of the topic or theme investigated to a wider field of knowledge. PhD: The thesis should be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field under investigation. For the PhD all students are initially registered for an MPhil and must demonstrate sufficient ability for upgrade to PhD level half way through the programme. In each of these degrees you will carry out your individual research projects under the guidance of a supervisor, but it is inherently your own work. You must therefore possess the ability to work independently and be self-disciplined in organising your time effectively throughout the programme. For each student a supervisory panel is appointed, consisting of two supervisors, and a chair, who is normally a Professor or Reader of the University. The first supervisor provides the majority of the supervision and guidance. The whole panel meets with the student at least once a year for a review of work in progress, following which, if the resulting report is satisfactory, registration will continue.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses in many subject areas including teacher education, health and medicine, digital and creative arts, humanities, social and applied sciences, and technology and engineering. Our students and graduates connect with industries, businesses and professionals in both the public and private spheres.

Our modern, multi-campus university, with its outstanding facilities, is home to around 20,000 students, around one-fifth of whom are postgraduate students.

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Our postgraduate courses are broadly split into two groups, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate by Research. Ranging from Postgraduate Certificates to MPhils …

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