Structured PhD (Botany) full-time

College of Science,
School of Natural Sciences

Course overview

All PhD students in the College of Science will enrol in a Structured PhD

Short summary of the research area:
Plants are the ultimate solar-powered biological systems selected by evolution. Botany and Plant Science conduct fundamental and applied research on plants at all levels, including ecosystems, communities, species, individuals, tissues, cells and molecules (e.g., genetics, biochemistry). We investigate many types of plants including algae (e.g., seaweeds, diatoms), mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering (seed) plants, including wild plants, model genetic organisms (e.g., Arabidopsis) and cultivated plants (e.g., crops, forestry).  Plant research is the key biosciences topic for future sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.

Programmes available

Structured PhD, full-time

Areas of interest

Genetics and Biotechnology: plant biotechnology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, genetic engineering, genetic resources, bioinformatics, biosciences policy; plant biosciences for food security and sustainable development (developing countries).

Paleoenvironmental Research: paleobotany; long-term environmental change (e.g., 15,000 years); climate change and human impact. 

Terrestrial Plant Ecology: conservation of threatened plants and habitats in Ireland; climate change; biodiversity; turlough and callows ecosystems; low intensity farming; rare vascular plants and bryophytes; coastal ecology.

Algal and Aquatic Plant Ecophysiology: environmental and anthropological impact on
marine and freshwater algae and plants; climate change; biodiversity; utilization; stress physiology; ecotoxicology.

Plant and Algal Glycoscience: plant cell wall composition, evolution and functional analysis; cell wall component roles in growth, development and defense against pathogens; manipulation for crop protection and novel uses.

Researcher profiles

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Contact Us

Síle Mhic Donncha (mornings only)
T: +353 91 492 340
E: sile.mhicdhonncha


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Current project

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Fees for this course

EU: €5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,750 p.a. 2018/19