MSc Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement


University of East Anglia    School of Biological Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Biological Sciences (4)

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Are you passionate about sustainable food production and want to make a difference in the world? Look no further than our MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement at the prestigious John Innes Centre. This one-year programme will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the field of plant breeding and genetics. With modules covering plant molecular genetics, biotechnology, and target traits for crop improvement, you'll learn from world-leading scientists and industry experts. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to work on a research project alongside these experts. Join us and pave the way for a rewarding career in plant breeding and crop improvement. Entry requirements include a minimum 2.1 Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or Plant Biology.

About the course

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is sustainable food production for a rapidly increasing global population. Achieving this will depend, amongst other things, on our ability to expedite the production of new higher yielding crop varieties that are better adapted to a changing climate, and which will require fewer inputs, such as fertilisers and other chemicals. 

You’re ready to specialise in plant genetics and crop improvement at the John Innes Centre (JIC), a ground-breaking institute for research on plant and microbial sciences. With this expert, cutting-edge training, you’ll have the perfect grounding to move onto a PhD, or alternatively into a career within the plant breeding industry. 

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Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree 2.1 or equivalent

Degree Subject
Biological Sciences or Plant Biology. Employment experience with a plant breeding company or related research experience also considered.




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