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Postgraduate overview

hard at workThe Department is an outstanding University Centre for research in plant and microbial sciences. It offers unrivalled research and training opportunities in the following areas of plant and microbial science:


  • Bioenergy
  • Cell Biology and Development
  • Crop Improvement and Protection
  • Epidemiology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Systems Biology
  • Mathematical Modelling


We have various opportunities for funding, such as; BBSRC DTP, EPSRC, NERC, AJ Keith Studentship, Lewin Fritsch Studentship, Frank Smart Studentship, Gates Cambridge US & International and Cambridge Trusts as well as the Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships (CHESS)

In addition to the previously mentioned studentships, we welcome applications from applicants outside the UK. Non UK applicants can apply for University wide funding. If you intend to apply for University wide funding, you should proceed directly to the 'Eligibility' section, where links to funding information can be found.

Follow the links on the left to find out about PhD studentships in the Department and how to apply.

For any additional questions, particularly with respect to help for applications from potential students outside the UK and EU, please contact the Graduate Student Administrator on

Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day

Friday 2 November 2018

The University of Cambridge, alongside the Cambridge Departments and Colleges, invite you to the Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 2 November 2018. The day is open to all those seeking to apply for postgraduate study at the University and will provide opportunities to meet department staff, explore the Colleges and find out more about the application process, research proposals and funding opportunities.

Bookings for the Postgraduate Open Day will open later this summer. If you would like to be kept up-to-date about when bookings open for the Postgraduate Open Day 2018, you may wish to sign up to the mailing list on the Graduate Admissions Events webpage.

If you have any queries about the Postgraduate Open Day 2018, please do get in touch at