Postgraduate research

The Sainsbury Laboratory offers a range of opportunities for postgraduate research in plant-microbe interactions.

Join a lively community in a well-resourced, cutting-edge research institution offering the best possible support that includes bespoke training.

Students register for a PhD (or very occasionally an MPhil for two years or an MSc by Research for one year) at the nearby University of East Anglia (UEA).

Most opportunities become available in the autumn with a deadline in November for entry in October of the following year. Additional opportunities can arise throughout the year.

Our project and rotation-based studentships include

All current project and rotation-based opportunities are shown below. If nothing is listed at this time, please check this page again soon.

Open Calls

In addition to these institute-led studentships, TSL has an open call for applications from highly motivated individuals interested in doing a postgraduate research degree at any time. If you have a great research idea for an applicant-led postgraduate PhD, MPhil or MSc by research degree, please email one of our Group Leaders directly. Not only do we welcome applicants who have secured their own funding but TSL also has the scope to fund the very best ideas.

Information about how to apply for postgraduate research is provided here.

If you have yet to gain the necessary skills and experience required to undertake a PhD, TSL also offers Predoctoral Internships to help develop those with the greatest research promise.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider our one-year taught MSc in Global Plant Health.

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