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Postgraduate research opportunities 

Evolutionary Analysis

We address a broad range of fundamental and applied evolutionary problems via the identification and analysis of genetic and phenotypic variability underlying biodiversity at all taxonomic levels, from viruses to vertebrates.

Overview

Within evolutionary analysis, our specific areas of interest include the basis of adaptation to changing biotic and abiotic environments, the process and underlying mechanisms of speciation, the role of mating systems, host-parasite interactions, and the linkage among ecological and evolutionary processes. Frequently, this work requires the integration of genetic information with other types of data (e.g. phenotypic, geographic, demographic); developing novel bioinformatic tools and approaches to achieve this integration therefore represents another research focus.
 
Due to evolutionary principles being fundamental to all aspects of biology, our research activities are naturally linked with those of other research themes within the Institute and throughout the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, with particular ties to the Glasgow Polyomics Facility, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), and the Centre for Virus Research.

Study options

PhD programmes in Evolutionary Analysis last 3-4 years, with individual research projects tailored around the expertise of principal investigators within the Institutes. A variety of approaches are used, including ecology, epidemiology, mathematical, computational and statistical modelling, bioinformatics, parasitology, immunology and polyomics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics). Basic and applied science projects are available for study, as are field-based projects with research programs underway in both the UK and overseas. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Host/parasite interactions and coevolution
  • Evolutionary arms races between parasitic trypanosomes and their hosts
  • Molecular ecology and evolution in infectious diseases of wild and domestic animals
  • Behavioural ecology of fish
  • Influence of genomic, ecological and environmental factors on emergence of new species
  • Viral and bacterial population genomics
  • Antimicrobial and anthelminthic resistance
  • Evolution of viviparity in animals
  • Physiology and behavioural ecology of marine and freshwater fishes
  • Physiology and behavioural ecology of birds in urban and rural environments
  • Evolutionary implications of daily rhythms, life-cycle timing and seasonal movements
  • Phylodynamics of multi-host pathogens
  • Life-history evolution, resource allocation, sexual selection and community ecology
  • Evolution of resistance
  • Evolutionary and conservation genetics
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Gene family evolution, polyploidy, and mating systems
  • Interaction between parasites, African trypanosomes and their hosts
  • Organism response to their environment, both natural and captivity
  • Attack and Escape Strategies in Aquatic Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Phyloinformatics, biodiversity informatics, biological data visualisation
  • Genetic and developmental basis of craniofacial shape in fish
  • Role of divergent natural selection for determining phenotypes
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Mathematical, computational and statistical analysis of biological datasets, particularly those of pathogens and vaccines
  • Ecological genomics and adaptive divergence in animals and plants

Supervisors

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:

  • Transcripts/degree certificate 
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £18,900 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £19,500 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Fee for re-submission by a research student: £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,050
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £730
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £300
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

 

Funding

View a full list of our current scholarships

Support

Resources

We have excellent facilities for lab, field and farm based research.  This includes aquaria, aviaries, insectaries and labs for conducting analyses in

  • bioinformatics
  • cellular physiology
  • developmental biology
  • evolutionary biology
  • endocrinology
  • molecular ecology
  • physiological ecology

We also have

  • a state of the art field research centre on Loch Lomond (SCENE)
  • a University farm (Cochno) and research centre North of Glasgow
  • excellent computing facilities
  • a vibrant and supportive community of researchers
  • access to additional specialist facilities through our wide network of collaborators in NGOs, communities, government agencies and research institutes worldwide.

Graduate School

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduate School provides a vibrant, supportive and stimulating environment for all our postgraduate students. We aim to provide excellent support for our postgraduates through dedicated postgraduate convenors, highly trained supervisors and pastoral support for each student.
 
Our over-arching aim is to provide a research training environment that includes:

  • provision of excellent facilities and cutting edge techniques
  • training in essential research and generic skills
  • excellence in supervision and mentoring
  • interactive discussion groups and seminars
  • an atmosphere that fosters critical cultural policy and research analysis
  • synergy between research groups and areas
  • extensive multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • extensive external collaborations both within and beyond the UK 
  • a robust generic skills programme including opportunities in social and commercial training

Our excellent facilities and dedicated staff will equip you with training complementary to a range of career options, and you can tailor your study pathway to the precise aspects that suit your objectives. 

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