Rothamsted Research

where knowledge grows

Rothamsted has a long history of successful doctoral training and we have a diverse portfolio of exciting projects for prospective students. 

Rothamsted is a partner in four different doctoral training partnerships which have opportunities for studentships starting in 2017. In addition, Industrially-funded studentships, BBSRC CASE studentships and projects supported by levy boards and charities may also be available.

View Available Studentships Here.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language and if the language of instruction for your first degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English.

PhD Online Application Form

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BBSRC Nottingham Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research (RRes) and its consortium partners: East Malling ResearchDiamond Light SourceResearch Complex at HarwellCentre for Process Innovation (CPI) National Industrial Biotechnology Facility; and Crops for the Future Research Centre in Malaysia, have devised an integrated four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that provides PhD students with a world-class training programme in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. Further details on this DTP can be found here.

PhD Studentships Eligibility Criteria and Key

BBSRC awards are only available to UK and EU/EEA candidates (though note that some awards are only available to EU nationals on a fees-only basis). Note that you may not be a UK or EU/EEA national but may still meet the residence criteria as an EU/EEA candidate or a ‘Home student’.

Finding out more and how to apply

These studentships are open to candidates with a first or upper second class degree, who are settled in the UK and have been resident for three years.


Studentships vacancies

  • Getting to the roots of black-grass control: Crop-weed allelopathic interactions in Alopecurus myosuroides

    Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) is a major threat to UK crop production. The evolution of resistance to herbicides in black-grass means there is an urgent need to develop novel control strategies. There is much interest in the potential for allelopathic interactions (the production of biologically active compounds by plants to inhibit growth of their competitors) to provide novel solutions for black-grass control. You will work with an interdisciplinary team to explore plant ecological and evolutionary interactions, chemical ecology and soil ecology. You will develop skills in plant, chemical and soil ecology underpinned by modern approaches in quantitative biology, analytical chemistry and soil metagenomics. You will develop fundamental scientific knowledge about basic ecological interactions, applying this knowledge to one of the most pressing issues in UK crop production. You will have the opportunity to work with one of the UK’s leading farm management consulting companies to realise the potential of your findings in agronomic field trials.