Research course

Biological Sciences - Plant Cell Biology

Oxford Brookes University · Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent.

Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed.

The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a recent master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The plant cell biology laboratories incorporate the microscopy & bioimaging facilities and include a fully equipped molecular/biochemistry laboratory & plant cell culture facilities.

The main research theme is the study of the flow of membrane & transport of proteins within the endomembrane system in plant cells from the nuclear envelope through to the plasma membrane & organelle biogenesis.

Strengths of the group are in the application and development of fluorescent protein technology for the in vivo imaging of plant cells by confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry & electron microscopy. The Group runs the annual Cell Imaging course of the Royal Microscopical Society.

Department specialisms

Plant cell biology; Professor Chris Hawes, Professor David Evans, Dr John Runions

Information for international students

ILETS 6.5.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are advertised at: Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-60 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0)1865 482904