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Plants @ Cambridge

We teach plant sciences courses within the University’s undergraduate Natural Sceinces Tripos and supervise a number of third-year projects. Our postgraduate offer is extensive, with both Masters and PhDs on offer within the Department of Plant Sciences, Sainsbury Laboratory and Crop Science Centre. In addition to this, the Botanic Garden offers a Horticultural Trainee Technician Scheme as well as horticultural courses to help gardeners learn new skills.



The Department of Plant Sciences teaches on the University of Cambridge's undergraduate Natural Sciences Tripos. Its teaching includes lectures, lab-based practicals, a field trip to Portugal and supervision of final year projects. Find out more about our plant sciences teaching on the undergraduate Natural Sciences Tripos.


MPhil in Biological Science (Plant Sciences)

The research MPhil degree follows the format of a PhD but is compressed into one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The course provides Masters-level training in practical aspects of plant science, augmented by lectures. Find out more about completing an MPhil.


Masters in Conservation Leadership

The Cambridge Masters in Conservation Leadership is a ground-breaking course that equips students with the applied leadership and management skills needed to create positive change in conservation. Find out more about the Masters in Conservation Leadership.


CTP Sustainable Agricultural Innovation

This four-year postgraduate training programme is designed to train the next generation of agri scientists. The Crop Science Centre is helping to deliver this programme and supervise projects. Find out more about the Sustainable Agricultural Innovation CTP.


Postgraduate at the Department of Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences offers a range of PhDs across its research groups. To apply for a PhD with the Department, identity a supervisor or project you would be interested in working on. See full list of available PhD projects here.


Postgraduate at the Sainsbury Laboratory

While the Sainsbury Laboratory is a research-only institute, it welcomes PhD and Masters by Research students to join its multidisciplinary community of researchers. Postgraduate research students are enrolled in a teaching department and are then supervised by a Group Leader based at the Laboratory. The Laboratory also hosts visiting students and undergraduate projects. Find out more about postgraduate opportunities at the Sainsbury Laboratory.


Horticultural Trainee Scheme

On the one-year, paid Trainee Technician Scheme based in the Botanic Garden you'll learn and perform a range of horticultural skills and gain experience in practical horticulture, collection management and plantsmanship. Trainees are awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship from the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Find out more about the Botanic Garden's Horticultural Trainee Scheme.


Horticultural Courses

The Botanic Garden offers a range of horticultural courses from plant husbandry and propagation to soil structure and pruning. These adult learning courses are open to all and designed to further your knowledge and teach you new skills. Find out more about the horticultural courses offered by the Botanic Garden.