- Postgraduate students inspecting herbarium sheets (Image credit: Sir Cam)
We contribute to many undergraduate courses within the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge, including a dedicated final year Plant Science course, involving research projects. Our aim is to illustrate key plant and microbial processes, informed by the latest research outputs, across a range of scales from the molecular, to the cellular, organismal and population levels. The topics we cover are designed to explore issues related to the conservation and sustainable exploitation of the biosphere, including crop protection, renewable energy sources, nutrition, pollution and biotechnology.
The Department has a thriving graduate community of 60-70 students based in all our Research Groups. Most are working towards a PhD, but we also accept students for one-year programmes of research leading to an MPhil. All graduate students within the Department are part of the Cambridge Graduate School of Life Sciences, which offers numerous opportunities for training and development of technical and transferable skills.