Ph.D. On Campus

Molecular Plant Sciences

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
28000 GBP/year
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With world-class facilities and lively collaborations, the Molecular Plant Sciences programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides you with the ideal environment in which to pursue postgraduate research.


The Molecular Plant Sciences programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is one of the most active research spots 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.


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.

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 36 months.

Home: Home fees have still to be agreed

Part-time fees

  • International/EU: £14,000

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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