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Molecular Plant Sciences PhD

Open Day: 21 November 2014

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PhD Cell and Molecular Biology (Molecular Plant Sciences) - 3 Years (Full-time)
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PhD Cell and Molecular Biology (Molecular Plant Sciences) - 6 Years (Part-time)
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Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

Most laboratories require a bench fee of up to £2,000 per year. This cost can be covered in Research Council studentships.

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Contact information
Toni Jenkins (Postgraduate Programme Administrator)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 7366
Email: toni.jenkins@ed.ac.uk
Address: Graduate School of Biological Sciences
117, Darwin Building
The King's Buildings Campus
Edinburgh
EH9 3JR

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.

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English 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.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section)
  • Cambridge CPE: Grade C
  • Cambridge CAE: Grade B

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

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.

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

To discuss your PhD proposal, you should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences.

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Research profile

We’re one of the most active university departments for plant sciences in the UK, hosting one of the country’s few plant-based research and teaching institutes.

Each of our 11 research groups makes vital contributions to new discoveries. 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.

Broad scope

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.

Facilities

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 700m2 of controlled environment growth rooms and 2,200m2 of glasshouses, including a modern category three containment glasshouse.

Our strong links with the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, SynthSys, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh give you access to an even broader range of facilities and expertise.

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