Research course

Plant and Crop Sciences

University of Nottingham · Division of Plant and Crop Sciences

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The research work is funded by the Research Councils, the European Commission, UK charities, government agencies and industry. There are more than 200 research and technical staff and 150 research students. There are 200 research projects with major programmes in plant science, biochemistry, genetics, food science, microbiology, biotechnology, animal physiology, nutrition, and crop science. The campus is well equipped for research ranging from genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to field scale trials to study environmental factors on the growth of crop plants. There is an automatic weather station, field sites for micrometeorology and laboratories with facilities for gas chromatography, atomic absorption analysis, and a major suite for flavour chemistry. There are extensive growth room and glass house facilities that provide a range of controlled environments to study crop growth and development and the production and analysis of transgenic plants. The campus also houses the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre, (the European Centre for Arabidopsis genetic resources). The Tropical Crops Research Unit has a suite of controlled-environment glasshouses in which conditions such as temperature, atmospheric moisture and carbon dioxide concentration can be controlled by a central computer whilst crop stands are able to grow in a natural soil. An arboretum, consisting of about 1.5 hectares and containing over 300 trees and shrubs, many of which are unusual species, provides both an amenity and a scientific and educational resource.

There are extensive, modern, well equipped laboratories containing a wide range of analytical equipment, stable isotope mass spectrometers, radioisotope suites, tissue culture rooms, and molecular biology equipment. Research in biotechnology is supported by a capillary DNA sequencer and genomics, and proteomics equipment, for plant, animal and microbial investigations. In addition, an animal metabolism unit is used for studies on cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry as well as laboratory animals.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Plant molecular and cell biology Phytohormone synthesis, perception and signalling Regulation of ripening, abscission and senescence Plant sexual and asexual reproduction Plant responses to environmental stress Plant-microbe interactions Resource capture by crops Resource use efficiency Crop productivity

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Bioscience's web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559