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 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 will apply multidisciplinary approaches from computational biology, molecular genetics and cell biology and others to an ever-widening range of topics such as plant growth, development and evolution and plant pathogen interactions.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
Our 14 research groups each make vital contributions to new discoveries.
Our research interests span areas such as:
Postgraduate students in the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences gain experience in research techniques, oral presentations, technical writing and computing.
Supervisors are an important source of support for our PhD students. You can identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences website and discuss your PhD proposal with them.
Whatever tools you need to conduct your research, you’ll find the latest versions at the School of Biological Sciences.
Our institute was recently refurbished and now offers purpose-built laboratories and specialist facilities for plant growth, including a high-throughput Arabidopsis genetics facility, a suite of biochemistry equipment, controlled environment growth rooms and glasshouses.
Our strong links with SynthSys, the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as well as our association with the Scottish Crop Research Institute allow access to an even broader range of facilities and expertise.
Each institute receives a number of PhD studentships from the UK research councils to support postgraduate study. In addition, there may be funding for specific projects, details of which can be found on the School website.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
This article was published on Apr 25, 2013