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Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences at Oxford is one of the leading UK university departments dedicated to research and teaching in plant biology, possessing world-class strengths across the breadth of modern plant science research.

Plant Sciences is scheduled to merge with Zoology in 2022 forming a new Department of Biology which is committed to maintaining the quality of its teaching and research in plant biology under the new DPhil in Biology.

Fundamental research is carried out in three interlinked areas: biochemistry and systems biology; cell and developmental biology; ecology, evolution and systematics. Research in each area depends to a greater or lesser extent on the use of four major technology platforms - spectroscopy, imaging, computational biology and high-throughput sequencing.

All of the department’s laboratories are excellently equipped for modern cell and molecular technologies. In addition, you will have access to a range of unique facilities in the form of the living collections and arboretum of the University’s Botanic Garden and two on-site herbaria of international standing.

There are two routes into undertaking your doctoral research at the department. You may apply directly to the DPhil in Biology. Alternatively, you may apply to one of the University’s Doctoral Training Programmes. The latter are fully-funded, four-year graduate training programmes which involve a training period of taught courses for around three to six months before deciding on a DPhil project. Applicants are encouraged to consider both entry routes.


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