University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Plant Sciences

The course aims 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; 3 major themes run through Plant Sciences research: Cell and developmental biology; biochemistry and genetics of plastids; plant adaptation, acclimation and evolution.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject; 2.2 Honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience may be acceptable; IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) required.

Course modules

Assessment methods

Sponsorship information

A large number of funded PhD places are offered annually via the UK Research Councils; other studentships may be available through charities, internal funds and some industry- sponsored awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 36 months
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 72 months
MPhil Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MPhil Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

FMBE- Doctoral Academy
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)161 2755608