Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
Individual programme fees are linked above. For detailed information on fee status, policies, payment and funding opportunities see:
Students may incur additional costs when studying. For example this may be for field trips, course equipment, or specialist fees.
Most laboratories require a bench fee of up to £2,000 per year. This cost can be covered in Research Council studentships.
With world-class facilities and lively collaborations, our Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences provides you with the ideal environment in which to pursue postgraduate research.
We are one of the most active university department for plant sciences in the UK, hosting one of the country’s few plant-based research and teaching institutes.
In this programme, you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of topics, applying multidisciplinary approaches. From computational biology to molecular genetics and cell biology, and to subjects ranging from plant growth, development and evolution to plant pathogen interactions and biotechnology.
A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Typically, candidates have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some research experience.
To discuss your PhD proposal, you should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
Our 11 research groups each make vital contributions to new discoveries.
We offer a wide range of research interests, including plant biotechnology, developmental biology; speciation and natural variation (making use of our strong connections with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh); circadian clocks and photobiology; bio-imaging; biochemistry and cell biology; and molecular plant pathology.
Substantial investment has been made in ensuring the equipment and facilities you’ll use are as good as those anywhere in the world.
You’ll work in purpose-built laboratories and specialist facilities for plant growth, including a high-throughput Arabidopsis genetics facility, a suite of biochemistry equipment, more than 700 square metres of controlled environment growth rooms and 2,200 square metres of glasshouses, including a modern Category 3 containment glasshouse.
Our strong links with SynthSys, the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh give you access to an even broader range of facilities and expertise, as do our associations with the Scottish Crop Research Institute.
A number of highly competitive research scholarships are available each year to new postgraduate research students.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013