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Agricultural Sciences PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 183 Agricultural Sciences PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

A PhD in Agricultural Sciences is a unique research project that aims to uncover new knowledge about agriculture, and its impact on the environment and global population.

What's it like to do a PhD in Agricultural Sciences?

With such a vast scope, a PhD in Agricultural Sciences has the potential to make a significant impact on the world. You could be developing new pesticides and herbicides to help the agriculture industry, researching the impact of climate change on food security, or using big data to improve food production and waste management.

In addition to the main research aim of your programme, you'll also likely be asked to complete doctoral training modules, which will help you develop key transferable skills such as research methodology, presentation of your research, and professional and life skills.

You'll usually be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis to be defended during your viva examination, which is part of your doctoral training.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Agricultural Sciences

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Agricultural Sciences is usually a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, although a Masters may sometimes be required.

PhD in Agricultural Sciences funding options

The main body funding PhDs in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects are funded by a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Some projects have a guaranteed funding option, but most will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

You may be able to apply for tuition fee waiver if you're an EU student. If your project has a guaranteed funding option, you'll automatically be considered for a tuition fee waiver, however if it's a case-by-case basis, you'll have to separately apply for one.

Outside of government funding, you may also want to consider asking your university if they offer graduate teaching scholarships or graduate research assistantships.

PhD in Agricultural Sciences careers

Agricultural Sciences is an incredibly diverse field, with career options including policy and regulation, environmental management and conservation, food production and quality, and biotechnology. With such a wide scope of research, there are plenty of opportunities to put your skills to use post-doctoral research. You may choose to work in the public or private sector, or you may even decide to continue your research and teaching at a university.

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China Scholarship Council: Using state-of-the-art genomics and genetics to clone functional disease resistance genes in potato

Potato is the third most important food crop and consumed by over a billion people around the world. More than 375 million tonnes of potato were produced in 2021 but it’s estimated that approximately 25% are lost to diseases. Read more

Modelling the spread and control of livestock and zoonotic infectious diseases

Mathematical models are extensively used in both public-health and veterinary-health policy planning. Modern predictive models are now at the heart of policy decisions, and such models are having an increasing role in supporting decisions associated with livestock infections. Read more

Genomics-driven exploitation of aphid-killing bacteria as a source of novel biopesticides

Aphids are major insect pests of agriculture and horticulture, causing damage to many economically important crop plants through direct feeding and/or as efficient vectors of numerous plant viruses. Read more

Clock-watchER: Circadian coordination of the plant endoplasmic reticulum

The rotation of the Earth creates periodic day-night changes in environmental conditions such as light and temperature. Organisms are able to adapt to these predictable diurnal cycles through their internal timekeeping system, the circadian clock, which has a periodicity of approximately 24 hours. Read more

Choreographing plant disease; pathogen effector manipulation of organelles – the view from inside

Biotic stress contributes disproportionately to crop losses, accounting for in excess of 25% of global yield. Thus, developing novel approaches to restricting pathogen infections of crops and consequently improving yields must be a key future objective for food security. Read more

Assessment and engineering of the Brassica self-incompatibility locus to enhance seed production

Genetic diversity enables species to adapt to changing environments. If a plant produces pollen that fertilises its own stigma, a process known as self-pollination, the resulting progeny will lose genetic diversity and could become inbred and thus less competitive. Read more

Plant mobile signals for long-lasting fruit protection

Rationale. Fruit decay due to postharvest diseases can claim up to 50% of total crop production. Pesticides can control these diseases but their use postharvest is extremely limited due to toxicity. Read more

Microbial degradation and environmental fate of pesticides in a changing climate

We invite applicants for a 4-year iCASE studentship to work in collaboration with our industrial partner Syngenta. Pesticides are essential in crop production due to their role in improving crop yield and food security. Read more

Elucidating the fate of iron and copper based nanofertilizer in soil-plant system using isotope labelling and synchrotron techniques

Nanotechnology is a rapidly advancing enabling technology with the potential to revolutionize modern life. More recently, the application of nanotechnology in agriculture has garnered significant attention due to its high potential to facilitate sustainable agriculture and enhance food security. Read more

Enhancing food security through understanding stress adaptation in species used for biocontrol

This project will investigate the thermal biology and stress physiology of insect or mite species that represent candidate biocontrol agents for crop pests in glasshouses as well as other applications. Read more

A green future: developing Fusarium disease resistance for healthy and sustainable leafy green vegetable crops

Leafy green brassica vegetables such as collards, kale and cabbage are important crops worldwide with considerable health properties as they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants which are known for their anti-cancer properties. Read more

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