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About Agricultural Botany
Masters degrees in Agricultural Botany provide advanced study of topics in crop cultivation, through analysis of a plant’s physiological properties and ecology, sustainability, and wider economic importance.
Specialisms include topics such as Plant Breeding, Plant Science and Horticulture. Entry requirements will normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Science.
Masters degrees in Botanical Agriculture provide you with specialist knowledge of various aspects of plant breeding, with techniques such as genetic modification used to establish crops with higher yield and better natural resistance to factors such as environment and disease. You may opt to specialise in plant nutrition, the development of natural pesticides, the benefits of entomological inputs, and post-harvest physiology.
With this specialist knowledge, you can expect to pursue careers in agribusiness, government organisations, and commercial production and distribution management. You could even pursue roles in conservation and wildlife management.
Masters degrees in this subject are excellent preparation for further research at PhD level. You could branch into taxonomy, toxicology, or even paleobotany (the study of fossilised plant remains).
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Harper Adams is the UK’s only provider of a postgraduate course in plant pathology. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of plant varieties for food, feed and industrial uses. New varieties have to meet current demands regarding yield, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems.
Research degrees are ideal for those wishing to study for a PhD and/or those aiming to improve their laboratory and practical skills.
This applied Master programme is designed for mid-career horticulture, livestock or forest professionals working in the private or public sector.
MPhil supervision covers a number of topics supported by research active academic staff. We conduct research in all areas of food and society, including subjects which require collaboration between the social and natural sciences, and translate research into policy recommendations.
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Choosing the right postgraduate programme is a key step in developing your career prospects and building specialist knowledge in your chosen subject area.