This is a full time 12 month MSc programme which is assessed entirely through coursework.
You will undertake a Practical Bioinformatics module introducing you to relevant tools and approaches. Bioinformatics is crucial to plant science research and here you will gain hands on experience of bioinformatics methods for exploring and evaluating sequence information.
You will also study Research Planning and Communication, developing your transferable skills essential for scientific research such as reading and understanding research papers, literature searching, writing a literature review, writing a grant proposal for a programme of research. A double weight module on Sustainable Crop Production will examine drivers for change in food and agricultural systems, UK and global food security and climate adaptation.
Your Advanced Biomolecular technologies module will provide you with the theoretical background to a variety of cutting edge techniques and develop skills in data analysis and interpretation. You’ll also apply your knowledge to an extended practical investigation in the form of a laboratory-based mini-project, involving practical training in a range of modern molecular biology and protein engineering techniques such as gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis.
A second double weight module on Crop Science and Biotechnology will explore future crops, advanced plant breeding techniques and new techniques for genome engineering underpinning sustainable crop production.
In the final part of your course you'll choose and undertake an independent research project on a specific topic in plant science. Building on your theoretical and practical knowledge from your other modules, you’ll receive extensive specialist training in experimental design, the practical use of advanced techniques and technologies, data analysis and interpretation, and will be assigned a research project supervisor who will support and guide you through your project.
You’ll study in a stimulating environment which houses extensive facilities developed to support and enhance your research.
As well as Faculty operated state of the art facilities the CPS laboratories are well equipped for plant research. There is also a recently refurbished plant growth suite, including tissue culture suites with controlled environment rooms, growth rooms and flow cabinets alongside transgenic glass-houses to meet a range of growth requirements.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Plant Science and Biotechnology MSc in the course catalogue
Research Planning and Scientific Communication
Advanced Biomolecular Technologies
Protein Engineering Laboratory Project
Bioscience MSc Research Project
Crop Science & Plant Biotechnology
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Global Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture
Crop Production in a Changing Environment
Learning and teaching
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and tutorials, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations. A significant component of the course is delivered via small group sessions.
Through your research project and specialist plant science modules, you’ll receive substantial subject-specific training. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop you into a scientist who is able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability.
The course is designed to develop your independent thinking, problem-solving, communication skills and practical ability, making you attractive to employers or providing an excellent foundation for further study (eg, PhD).
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
The course is 100% coursework assessed. There are a range of assessments in different formats for example practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, literature reviews, research paper critiques, posters and oral presentations. Your individual research project is written up in research paper format.
These assessment types all develop skills relevant to a future career in academia as well as a variety of careers in public and commercial science.