Welcome to Plant Sciences at Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is one of the leading UK university departments dedicated to research and teaching in plant biology.

Research Assessment Exercise 2014: Biological Science at Oxford tops rankings

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 were published today, Thursday 18th December 2014, and confirm the University of Oxford’s world leading position in biological sciences. We ranked top for the volume of world-leading research.



We are keen to hear from prospective Independent Research Fellows and would particularly welcome enquiries by Friday 10th October 2014. Find out more here.

Forest Genomics: A major partnership between Université Laval and Oxford University

Forest_Genomics__A_major_partnership_between_Universite_Laval_and_Oxford_University.jpg As part of an economic mission taking place in Europe, Prime Minister Philippe Couillard announced in London a scientific and academic partnership between Université Laval and Oxford University. The objective of this partnership is to create an international consortium in forest genomics.

Spearheaded by Professor John MacKay, a world-renowned expert in the field, Full Professor at Université Laval and Wood Professor of Forest Science at Oxford University, the consortium will address the major scientific challenges involving the productivity and sustainability of both natural and managed forests. Expected outcomes include improved health and productivity of forests and their sustainable management. This partnership represents a major opportunity for Québec and Canada.

More details from: http://www.genomequebec.com/208-en/news-forest-genomics-a-major-partnership-between-universite-laval-and-oxford-university.html

Fundamental Research

We have active research programmes in three interlinked areas under the theme 'Genes, Genetics & Genomics':

Translational Research

Implemented under the Plants for the 21st Century Institute (P21C), we have distinct programs on conservation, crops and trees. P21C is affiliated with the Oxford Martin School.


In conjunction with the Department of Zoology, an integrated undergraduate programme in biology is provided. The course provides a broad education covering topics from molecules to populations.

Herbaria and Botanic Garden

The department also houses the Oxford University Herbaria and has close links with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.


The department has 28 academic staff and independent research fellows* and approximately 60 postdoctoral researchers and D. Phil. students supported by some 40 technicians and administrative staff.

* General information about opportunities to join our department as an independent research fellow can be found on our Independent Research Fellowships information page.

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