Graduate study in the Department of Plant Sciences

Applying for a D.Phil.* studentship

Oxford's Department of Plant Sciences undertakes research across the breadth of Plant Science. If you are interested in applying for a D.Phil.* studentship, please see the list of currently available projects.

It is essential that prospective applicants communicate with potential supervisors prior to submitting an application.

There are several routes into the Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Programme dictated by different funding mechanisms:

  1. Direct entry. The department has a number of funded studentships for UK and EU applicants. There are a number of other University and College scholarships available, including for overseas applicants. Details can be found on The Fees, Funding and Scholarships webpages.
  2. Entry via the Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld scholarship and Leadership Programme. The department has a number of scholarships to undertake research relating to food security. These scholarships are only available to overseas applicants from eligible countries in Asia, Africa and South America.
  3. Entry via the Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). This is a 4-year programme in which students undertake training and two rotation projects in their first year before transferring to the Department to start their D.Phil. project in the second year. If you know you definitely want to transfer to this Department, please apply for direct entry in the first instance and we will arrange a joint interview with the DTP if your application is shortlisted.

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Courses available

The Department of Plant Sciences offers two post-graduate courses:

* Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as Ph.D., PhD, D.Phil., or DPhil.


If you have any queries then please contact the Graduate Studies office: