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Graduate Admissions

The Department of Plant Sciences is an outstanding University Centre for research in plant and microbial sciences. It offers unrivalled research and training opportunities in the following areas of plant and microbial science:

  • Bioenergy
  • Cell Biology and Development 
  • Crop Improvement and Protection
  • Epidemiology and Mathematical Modelling
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Molecular Biology and Physiology
  • Systems Biology

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's principal research degree. A PhD in Plant Sciences takes three or four years of full-time study to complete and consists of research and courses as required under academic supervision. Examples of projects available can be found via the Research Groups page on the Department of Plant Sciences 'website.

Students are not registered for a degree in their first year and may either submit for an MPhil or continue to PhD study. Entry to the PhD programme is subject to satisfactory progress and passing a first-year viva voce examination based on a written report. All graduate students attend induction and safety training courses in the Department. As well as undertaking your research, you will attend courses and lectures on some of the following: instrumentation, sequencing and database use, statistics, experimental design, analysing data, writing reports and a dissertation and how to give effective scientific presentations. Students receive termly reports on their work.

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3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Plant Sciences

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Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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