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What will I learn?

We welcome applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Plant Biology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

School of Science and the Environment

Research interests of the group include plant-microbe interactions, cell cycle and cell signalling. In general, the group use molecular biology, plant pathology, proteomics, genetics, microscopy and bioinformatics to investigate the functional role of genes in various conditions. These include biotic stress, flowering, cell cycling, circadian rhythm, receptor-ligand interactions, identification of pathogen secreted molecules and their function, targeted genome editing using CRISPR technology, comparisons of bacterial genomes using next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Where could it take you?

All research students must engage with the Researcher Development Programme (RDP), a core curriculum of training and development which provides them with the general and subject-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours to support them in the completion of their research degree. At the beginning of an MPhil/PhD degree, you will be allocated to one of two pathways depending on your experience and knowledge as a researcher. This will determine which elements of the programme are core and which are optional. At the beginning of the programme you will be required to complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in conjunction with your Director of Studies. This identifies the training that you will need to undertake, in addition to the mandatory elements of RDP, in order to complete the programme and to become an effective researcher. This TNA is revisited at the beginning of each subsequent academic year. All students are offered a wide range of optional training workshops throughout the programme focused around the following themes:

  • Developing and Managing Your Research
  • Dissemination, Impact, Engagement
  • Completing Your Research Degree
  • Research Methodology Master classes
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Funding
  • Wellbeing and Personal Effectiveness
  • Careers and Employability
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Which department am I in?

School of Science and the Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£14,400.00 (US$ 15,604) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

2 October 2022, 1 February 2023

Venue

University of Worcester

Henwick Grove,

Worcester,

Worcestershire,

WR2 6AJ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study; or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline; or Research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in Written English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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