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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)
PhD Cell and Molecular Biology (Molecular Plant Sciences) - 6 Years (Part-time)

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
Address: Graduate School of Biological Sciences
117, Darwin Building
The King's Buildings Campus

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 departments 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.

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

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

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Research profile

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.

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