Research course

Plant Sciences

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The Plant Sciences group at The University of Manchester aim to understand the endogenous and extrinsic factors that regulate plant growth, development, evolution and adaptation. Experimental approaches range from studies of individual molecules through to the whole plant in its natural environment. Well characterised model plants such as Arabidopsis as well as crops and natural species are used in interdisciplinary approaches which entail interactions between groups and across the Faculty. Research projects are supported by a wide range of funding agencies, as well as industrial sponsors, all of which enable fundamental research in a variety of projects ranging from biofuels to producing pharmaceuticals. Three major themes run through Plant Sciences research:

Cell and Developmental Biology
Biochemistry and Genetics of Plastids
Plant Adaptation, Acclimation and Evolution

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
+44 (0) 161 275 5657