Graduate Research Projects

About our projects

The graduate research projects currently available in Plant Sciences for the academic year beginning October 2017 are grouped according to the three main research themes of the department and can be accessed through the links provided below. In addition to these advertised projects, senior academics are always keen to hear from highly motivated individuals interested in doing a post-graduate degree within their groups. If you are interested in a research studentship position other than those advertised, please contact the relevant academic directly*.

You are strongly encouraged to communicate with potential supervisors before submitting a formal application to explain why you want to come and work in your particular field of study, to answer any questions on the potential research project and to refine your application, especially if applying for a competitive scholarship.

There are two main routes into the Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Programme: one is via a 4-year Doctoral Training Centre/Partnership programme, and the other is direct entry to the department. If, after discussion with a potential supervisor, you are interested in pursuing one of the research opportunities, you will need to apply directly to department and/or the relevant programme or scholarship.

Please ensure that you submit a CV and cover message with your enquiry highlighting (i) the aspects of your education and training that make you suitable for the advertised project, (ii) the reasons for your interest in the specific project, and (iii) more generally, why you consider it important to undertake a PhD (DPhil) in the proposed area.  

Funding options

Fully funded studentships/scholarships are available through linked Doctoral Training centres/Partnerships, directly via departmental project opportunities, or via competitive scholarships. Please use the University's Fees, Funding and Scholarship search tool to identify the funding options available to you.

Advertised research projects (by project area)

Biochemistry and Systems Biology [BSB]                   

Cell and Developmental Biology [CDB]                        

Ecology, Evolution and Systematics [EES]