Centre for Plant Sciences

Postgraduate Studentships

The CPS provides an excellent postgraduate training environment in the context of the Faculty of Biological Sciences (FBS).

Students enter one of the CPS research groups and in addition participate in the training programmes of the Faculty Graduate School.

Full-time training for postgraduate students is provided within active research groups. Typically, there are around 20 postgraduate students from the UK & overseas studying for research degrees in CPS.

CPS Postgraduate Training Environment

Our research is organised into fourteen distinct project groups each led by a member of the academic staff. As the groups occupy contiguous laboratory space and have both shared and complementary interests the environment of CPS as a whole offers postgraduates an opportunity to learn laboratory skills from a range of experienced research workers. All students participate in programmes run at the level of the Faculty of Biological Sciences designed to develop wider aspects of research and transferable skills. Two annual CPS symposia provide a forum for scientific exchange and development of presentation skills. Other courses on subjects relating to the wider culture of science such as intellectual property rights, ethics, time management, careers and IT skills are also available on the Leeds campus.

Entry Requirements for Research Degrees
A good honours degree in a relevant science discipline such as molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany or chemistry. Applicants for Research Council studentships must be able to satisfy the eligibility criteria for a Research Council award.

Application Procedure

Applicants must fill in the research degree application form indicating the names of up to 3 prospective supervisors and send it accompanied by a CV giving details of educational background, undergraduate/masters research project(s), any relevant work/voluntary experience and the names of three referees who can comment on your academic ability. Typically this would be a university tutor, project supervisor and one other person who is familar with your scientific achievements. The application should be sent to:

Martha Allen
Graduate School
Faculty of Biological Sciences
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: +44(0)113 343 8186
Fax: +44(0)113 343 1407

E-mail: fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk

You are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors to discuss possible projects, but your application cannot be considered unless you apply formally through the graduate office as described above.

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