Graduate study in the Department of Plant Sciences


We have a new fully funded research project available to work with Professor Renier A L van der Hoorn.

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.

Course available

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

Application deadlines

There are three application deadlines:

  • Friday 21 November 2014
  • Friday 23 January 2015
  • Friday 13 March 2015

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon (midday) on these days.

Please ensure that you contact potential supervisors well in advance of these deadlines. Later applications may be considered if places are available.

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

  1. Entry via one of Oxford’s Doctoral Training Centres. These are fully-funded, four-year graduate training programmes in which students undertake a training period of taught courses of 3-6 months prior to embarking upon their D.Phil. research. In some programmes students undertake two short ‘rotation’ projects before deciding upon their D.Phil. project. Some programmes also include professional internships. The programmes from which students can go on to do a D.Phil. in plant sciences are:
  2. If, after discussion with a potential supervisor, you decide that one of these programmes is right for you, you will need to apply directly to the relevant programme.

  3. Direct entry. Students are admitted directly to the Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Training Programme for projects of 3-4 years of duration, depending on funding arrangements. The programme includes training in research skills (including courses on: analysis of the scientific literature; presentation skills; statistics; bioinformatics; plant biodiversity; science communication; scientific writing) but these courses are spread throughout the first year and run alongside the research project which starts immediately. Fully-funded studentships may be available, and these opportunities will be indicated on the current projects page. More usually, however, successful applicants will apply for competitive scholarships either from within the University of Oxford or from elsewhere.
  4. Funding

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

    NEWS: Lorna Casselton Memorial Scholarship in Plant Sciences

    A new memorial scholarship is available to applicants who list St Cross as their first choice college.

    How to apply

    Click here for full details of the D.Phil. programme in Plant Sciences, including selection criteria, eligibility and the application process.


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