The Silwood Park Campus is home to around 50 PhD students who work on a broad range of projects in ecology, evolution, conservation and the environment. Many of our students work in collaboration with other organisations such as the Zoological Society of London, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and many more. A PhD lasts between 3 and 4 years (full-time). Most of your time will be spent on your individual research project, with some additional training in transferable skills. Students on DTP programmes also take part in cohort training and research impact activities.


We recruit students onto Three Doctoral Training Partnerships:

View all current PhD Studentships available in the Department of Life Sciences.

We also contribute to the Wellcome Trust 'Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases' EECID programme based at the St Mary's Campus of Imperial College London. This is a 1+3 year programme starting with a Masters year and interested students should seek further information here.


Imperial has a PhD scholarship competition, with 3 application deadlines through the year. You may also have access to scholarships through your home countries, and we are happy to help with these applications.

Interested in applying for a PhD? Contact us for more information.