Norwich Research Park

John Innes Centre

Rotation PhD Programme


John Innes Centre, Colney Lane

Norwich, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Rotation PhD Programme

Format: Campus

Program Description:

4 year PhD Rotation Programme October 2011- funding available for International students

This prestigious PhD programme attracts outstanding applicants, both UK and International, who show potential for research at the highest level.

During the first year, each student spends around 3 months in each of three laboratories working under a different supervisor in order to gain a broad-based technical and theoretical training prior to the selection of an individual topic for PhD research. At the end of the rotation year the student develops a 3 year research project with one particular supervisor, completing and submitting the PhD thesis within the 4 year time frame.

Students gain experience of a wide range of experimental approaches that encompass genetics, genomics and cell biology through to molecular biology, biological chemistry and computational biology before choosing a PhD project. The multidisciplinary nature of the programme is designed to attract applicants with excellent academic records.

A significant feature of the programme is the empowerment of student choice through the selection of both research topics and supervisors. All students are registered with adjacent University of East Anglia, which has been in the top five for student satisfaction every year since the UK National Student Survey began.


 Research areas include:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Crop Genetics
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Disease & Stress Biology
  • Metabolic Biology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions


All students are registered through the University of East Anglia

International Student Requirements:

International students whose first language is not English are required to have a qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 by the time of Registration. Please see the website for further details.
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