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Plant Science (PhD)

Plant Science Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

Degree awarded
PhD/MPhil
Duration
3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

Full entry requirements

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5608
How to apply

Apply online

On the online application form, select PhD or MPhil for this programme and follow the instructions on our How to Apply page.

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for home/EU, 12 weeks for overseas). We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

Home/EU applicants:

April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017

Overseas applicants:

April 2017 - submission in January 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017

Programme options

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Programme description

Food security and a healthy diet within the context of a growing global population and climate change has become major challenges of our time, particularly if this is coupled with the need to find more sustainable and renewable sources of biofuels and chemicals.

Research in Manchester addresses both these issues, firstly by engineering plant development to generate plants that have a higher yield, improved nutrition and are also more resistant to external stress and, secondly, by exploiting plants and microalgae to generate renewable and sustainable biofuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Well-characterised model plants such as Arabidopsis, as well as crops and natural species, are used in interdisciplinary approaches that entail interactions between groups across the University.

A range of funding agencies, as well as industrial sponsors, support our research projects. After graduation, our students go on to have successful careers in plant sciences, industry or academia.

Three major themes run through our plant sciences research:

  • manipulating plant development to increase yield and stress resilience;
  • biochemistry and genetics of plastids and their use as cell factories;
  • optimising plant defence at the cellular level.  

About our PhD and MPhil degrees

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

See the training and development page for more information.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,195, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,098, Low £4,125, Medium £7,250, High £9,750
    International students (per annum): Standard £10,500, Low £11,500, Medium £14,250, High £16,750