Biological Sciences

  • Ecology and evolution
  • Ecophysiology and development
  • Animal behaviour
  • Marine biology

  • Marine conservation
  • Applied biology
  • Biological responses to global change
     

Postgraduate research programmes

Although you can do research in any of the areas above, you may wish to look at these programmes:

Biodiversity and climate change

"My research focuses on the current impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field-based work on butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes."

Professor Camille Parmesan, Plymouth University Marine Institute

Professor Camille Parmesan is the National Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health at Plymouth University. As well as this role, she is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Camille’s pioneering research papers have produced clear evidence that plants and animals across the world are being impacted on by our changing climate, resulting in her receiving a range of international awards such as the ‘Outstanding woman working in climate change’ and recognition from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for her lead author contribution to its Nobel Prize-winning report. 

Camille’s work at Plymouth will include looking at changes in nature due to the changing climate and how this could affect human health. Her ideas on assisted migration, helping species survive climate change by actively moving them, saw her named as one of the 27 ‘brave thinkers of our time’ by Atlantic magazine alongside the likes of Barack Obama and Apple’s Steve Jobs. She works actively with governmental agencies and NGOs to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.

The Marine Station

Our newly built award-winning Marine Station houses lecture facilities overlooking the sea, a wet lab for examining samples, and a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and field equipment.

Discover more about the Marine Station

Postgraduate Research Coordinators

If you are thinking about becoming a postgraduate researcher at the University of Plymouth, you are welcome to contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinators in your field of interest.

They will discuss potential supervisors with you and answer any questions you might have about embarking on a research degree in their research area.

Find out who to contact and how they can help you

How to apply for a research degree

Do you need more information about admissions requirements?

We offer a wide variety of degrees, including ResM research degrees, Professional Doctorates, MPhil and PhD doctorate opportunities.

Find more information and how to apply