University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences)

Plants are fundamentally important to the earth's climate, the biosphere, the evolution of life, and food security. Research covers a breadth of expertise from fundamental gene discovery, through systems biology to deployment of adaptive plant germplasm in response to changing environments and climate change. Functional gene analysis underlying key plant traits linked to yield enhancement in wheat (building on our recent wheat genome sequencing) and in barley, and the molecular and genomic analysis of photosynthesis in Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and C4 species are a key research focus.The latter directly underpins the work to develop novel non-food biofuels feedstock crops suited to seasonally dry lands. Systems biology and bioinformatics are central tools that are used to research nuclear pore functioning and hormone signalling in plants and in bacterial pathogenicity. The institute also researches plants for use in functional foods, for example biosynthetic pathways for flavour and in analysis of secondary compounds for novel pharmaceutical uses. Selection of improved germ-plasm in rice through understanding seedling morphogenesis with post-genomic techniques is ongoing. International work extends to the impacts of monsoonal rainfall variation on rice based cropping practices in irrigated and smallholder agriculture in south Asia.

Entry requirements

A good (2.1 or above) Honours 1st degree in an appropriate science subject is required as a minimum, which, preferably, is elevant to the area of interest; IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component); TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading � 22, Speaking 23; International Baccalaureate Standard Level 5; Hong Kong use of English AS level C; INDIA Standard XII 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards; WAEC C4-6.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PhD Full-time £ 16,847 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PhD Part-time - 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 16,847 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPhil Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

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