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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities


The Course Description is "PhD in Plant Sciences"; entering the word Plant in the Course Directory Search should bring this up. 

When prompted in the research section of the on-line application, please make sure that you enter the code(s) and title(s) of the project which you are applying for, as well as the name of the proposed supervisor(s). 

Please remember that, although you may see later dates by which you can apply to enter the course, the deadline for funding by the NERC doctoral training partnership (and for consideration for projects listed by the DTP) for 2024 entry is January 4th at noon.

If you wish to devise you own research project you should also submit a short research proposal which you should already have discussed with one of our staff members.

Click here to start the application process.

Other details about postgraduate training in Plant Sciences are on the department website.

Plant Sciences in Cambridge is unique as an independent Department in the UK for teaching and research across plant science, conservation and ecology. We offer a supportive environment to a thriving postgraduate community, and share collaborative opportunities for supervision with fundamental sciences (e.g. Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University), as well as through our 20 Research Groups and associated Botanic Garden, as well as a network of interdisciplinary partnerships. These include the opportunity to engage with conservation organisations associated with the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Initiative (housed in the David Attenborough Building), as well as colleagues at British Antarctic Survey and NIAB. Other partnerships extend through the  Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre (co-ordinated from the Department), and Cambridge Centre for Climate Science, all broadening the opportunities for environmental research supervision.

The Department of Plant Sciences has a number of Research Groups currently offering postgraduate opportunities in areas directly related to NERC research themes and strategic priorities, including:

Evolution and Diversity (Brockington), Plant-pollinator-virus interactions (Carr), Forest Ecology and Conservation (Coomes), Theoretical and Computational Epidemiology (Cunniffe), Evolution and Development (Glover),  Environmental Plant Physiology (Kromdijk), Ecology of Fire (Pellegrini),  Ecosystems and Global Change (Tanentzap).

The Department and associated networks provide opportunities for involvement in knowledge transfer activities between academic research, agritech and environmental applications, and regional initiatives for sustainable development. Find out more at: