Ph.D. On Campus

Plant Sciences

University of Cambridge

36 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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A PhD in Plant Sciences from University of Cambridge, takes three to four years of full-time study to complete and consists of research and courses as required under academic supervision. Applicants should contact a potential supervisor before proceeding with their PhD application. You can browse the personal/group pages of the Research Group Leaders to check details of their research.


The aim of Plant Sciences programme from University of Cambridge training is to develop both a deep theoretical and practical understanding through research into aspects of Plant Sciences, augmented by appropriate lecture courses delivered within the Department, or more generally across the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences.

The course provides training in a wide range of disciplines, which can include plant genetic engineering, plant development, plant molecular biology, plant biophysics, plant biochemistry, plant-microbe interactions, algal microbiology, plant ecology, crop biology, plant virology, plant epigenetics, epidemiology, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, eco-physiology and bioinformatics.

Learning Outcomes

The primary outcomes from successfully completing a PhD include expertise including:

  • specialist training in experimental or theoretical methods;
  • an ability to analyse relevant literature and apply to the development of innovative research;
  • capacity to develop and apply data abstraction and analytical procedures with an appropriate level of statistical validation;
  • independence in designing and conducting original research, and preparing that data in a format suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • enhanced organisational skills, in terms of time management, good laboratory practices, safety and planning a specific programme of research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research methodologies and the process of research including quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis; project planning and management
  • Effective use of learning resources including library and information technology
  • Personal skills including oral and written communication, time management and teamwork skills, professional development and the preparation of curriculum vitae and employment applications
  • Broad knowledge of the discipline in which the student is working
  • Technical training to enable the student to undertake their research work effectively and efficiently
  • Teaching experience by bringing to the notice of the student the opportunities within the Department for supervising and demonstrating to undergraduates
  • Professional presentations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of Interest 
  • Proposed Supervisor
  • Research Proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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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