The Gosden PhD Studentship

The Sheila Gosden legacy, left to the University of Leeds, aims to support students studying plant science through the Gosden endowment. We are looking for exceptional and highly motivated students to pursue a PhD in any area of plant science including the environmental aspects.

We strongly encourage applicants to develop their proposed PhD project areas in conjunction with specific members of academic staff as listed below.

Applications for the Gosden PhD Studentship in Plant Science for entry in October 2020 are now open.

Closing date: 8 January 2020

The studentship will be supported for four years and is available for Home/EU students only.

Applications here




Alison Baker Molecular, biochemical and developmental analysis of root traits for low P adaptation in foxtail millet
Tom Bennett The roots of yield: coordination of shoot growth with soil environment
Katie Field The role of plant-microbe-mineral interactions in soil carbon sequestration and storage
Stefan Kepinski
Plant geometry - the biophysical and molecular basis of gravitropism and growth angle control
Peter Urwin Fate and effects of pharmaceuticals in the below-ground food-web
Brendan Davies Epigenetic sensing of temperature in plants
Yoselin-Benitez-Alfonso Learning from plant cell walls as a path for innovations in food and material sciences
Laura Dixon & Laura Carter Unseen side-effects – can we control how plants respond to medicinal drugs?


The 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. 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.

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.