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The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Plant Sciences


How do I find a potential supervisor?

Applicants should contact a potential supervisor before proceeding with their application. You can browse the personal/group pages of the Research Group Leaders to check details of their research.

Is there a Postgraduate Open Day?

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for Postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Am I eligible to apply for admission?

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge Postgraduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences, we require our Postgraduate entrants to have:

  1. at least a 2:i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university;
  2. two outstanding academic references; and
  3. competence in the English language.

For full details see the Postgraduate Admissions website.

What are the costs of studying at Cambridge?

Information is available here.

Will I need to pass an English Language Test?

Competence in the English language is an entry requirement. For details please the Postgraduate Admissions website.

Do I need to have passed an English Language Test before applying?

You do not need to take a test before you apply. You can apply for your course and provide evidence at the later stage. Details can be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

I am an international student. Do my qualifications meet the minimum academic standard required?

To check the equivalence guidelines for your home country please see here.

How do I apply?

Postgraduate applicants apply through the University’s Applicant Portal.

When should I submit my application?

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Please note that funding deadlines often differ to course application deadlines and you should check relevant deadlines very carefully. For detailed information on funding please visit the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. There is an application fee for each application submitted. The Postgraduate School of Life Sciences has a scheme which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single application fee. For more details see here.

How long will it take for a decision to be made?

The Department considers applications as they are received on a rolling basis and you should usually expect to hear about the outcome of your application within twelve weeks of submitting your completed application and all required supporting documents.

Will I need to attend an interview?

Yes. Interviews will be conducted in person or via Skype.

Who do I contact for any further questions not listed here?

Please contact the Postgraduate Student Administrator for any further queries: