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Animal Biology MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Animal Biology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in comparative zoology, ecosystem modelling, conservation, invertebrate biology, animal behaviour, physiological and behavioural ecology, and animal welfare, ecological monitoring and modelling techniques for evidence-based conservation management of invertebrates and birds.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Animal Biology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a number of laboratories equipped with a range of analytical equipment, a wildlife and conservation area and a greenhouse, access to Motion Research Laboratory, access to horse livery yard, a pool of eminent visiting lecturers, selection of skeletons.

Current research students are examining the suitability of mixed species housing for lemuridae in zoos when considering behaviour and welfare needs.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr David Storey ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Additional information

If your research involves working with vulnerable adults and/or children then you may be required to obtain a DBS check. There will be a small charge for this. For more information please contact

We are committed to making reasonable adjustment. If you require an alternative format for making your application due to a disability, please contact us to discuss your needs on 01905 542182 or



Dr Kate Ashbrook
Expertise: behavioural ecology; ecological modelling; population monitoring and conservation management.

Dr Chris Brown
Expertise: animal biology (especially birds); animal behaviour, animal physiology, ostrich biology

Dr Susanne Prankel
Expertise: veterinary medicine, animal behaviour, animal welfare , ethics in the veterinary field; canine hydrotherapy and animal movement; cadmium in the environment and the human food chain; use of drama in science education.

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