University of East Anglia UEA: Biological Sciences

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Biological Sciences
Telephone 01603 591709
Study type Research


As a postgraduate student, you’ll be an important part of our research intensive university, contributing to the intellectual vitality and vibrancy of our institution as you learn, grow and develop. You’ll benefit from our collaborative research ethos across the wide-ranging disciplines of the biosciences. Our School of Biological Sciences contains a dynamic research community with expertise that covers the full spectrum of biology. Our various postgraduate research programmes are organised around four areas of research. Organisms and the Environment - Discover an array of plant and animal systems, in the field and the laboratory, to gain an integrated understanding of adaptation and ecology at the molecular, organismal, population and community levels. By studying questions in evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation, we address both fundamental issues and societal priorities, such as the preservation of biodiversity and essential ecosystem services. Cells and Tissues - Focus on how cells, tissues and whole organisms develop and work. We have strengths in cell and developmental biology and use modern research facilities to investigate fundamental questions important in health and disease, using for example the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, the gut, the eye and cancer models. Molecular Microbiology - Address the fundamental aspects of microbiology and microbial biochemistry. Microbes are the most successful organisms on Earth and they are the driving force in the evolution, development and success of multicellular organisms. Our research addresses big questions in microbiology from the effect of microbial communities on host fitness and reproduction to mechanisms of bacterial infection and their role in driving the global sulphur and nitrogen cycles. Plant Sciences - Study different aspects of plant molecular biology including biochemistry, gene expression regulation by small RNAs, flower development, modelling of cell polarity and disease resistance. We make fundamental discoveries and translate them to cultivated crops to increase nutrient level, yield and resistance against pathogens. The research theme includes The Sainsbury Laboratory, which is based in a separate facility on the Norwich Research Park. Whichever path you choose, you will benefit from genuine research-led teaching, as well as partnerships with colleagues in other Schools within UEA and affiliated organisations within the Norwich Research Park. For more information on our research and current research opportunities visit:

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UEA is a world-leading research university and is 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs (Times Higher REF 2014 analysis).

As a UEA postgraduate research student, you’d be joining a university awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

Our postgraduate students have the opportunity to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

UEA has four faculties that are committed to academic excellence: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty …

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