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MSc Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement


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1 year
This programme is open to students with a good degree in biological sciences or plant biology. Candidates with other experience, such as employment within a plant breeding company or relevant research experience will also be considered.
£5,000 for home/EU students and £14,700 for overseas (non-EU) students
September
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Masters study type: Full time Masters study type: Part time

The one-year MSc course in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement provides training for students wishing to undertake a further degree in plant molecular genetics, or alternatively, a career in plant breeding and crop improvement. The course focuses on plant molecular genetics and its potential applications to crop improvement in the 21st century.

The course is run jointly by the School of Biological Sciences (BIO) at UEA and the John Innes Centre (JIC), which also includes The Sainsbury Laboratory. The John Innes Centre is one of the world’s leading research institutes in plant genetics and crop improvement. The teaching staff includes members of the School of Biological Sciences together with scientists from the John Innes Centre and a number of leading plant breeding and plant biotechnology companies within the UK.

In recent years the career prospects for students with a postgraduate degree in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement have been very good, often leading to a PhD or employment in the plant breeding industry. The course will provide you with a unique opportunity to study plant genetics and crop improvement in an environment of academic and research excellence.

The taught modules cover subjects including plant molecular genetics and biotechnology, target traits for crop improvement, and plant breeding. Training in a number of key transferable skills is also included. You will also undertake a six-month laboratory-based research project under the supervision of a member of BIO faculty or a senior scientist at the John Innes Centre. You will be required to submit a dissertation and present a seminar on your research project.

Research projects are offered in the following areas:


Plant genetics
Plant biotechnology and crop improvement
Plant genome organisation
Plant-microbe interactions
Cell and developmental biology
Plant gene function

"I found this course very beneficial but it was also tough for me as I did not have a molecular biology background in my first degree. However, there was always support from the lecturers, supervisors and staff of the course who are sympathetic to students and encouraging. The number of students is kept small, so the atmosphere of the class is friendlier than the other large courses. We are also privileged to have so much exposure to the latest Plant Science at John Innes Centre where renowned researchers gather from all over the world. Thanks to this course, I was offered the PhD studentship to research Crop Genetics at JIC and enjoy a life as a scientist there!"

Chie Hattori Former student

Scholarships are available - for funding information please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-degree/detail/msc-plant-genetics-and-crop-improvement

Visit the MSc Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement page on the University of East Anglia web site for more details!

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 Results


Unit of Assessment: Biological Sciences What is the RAE?
FTE Category A Staff Submitted 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
58.7 10% 40% 40% 10% 0%


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