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The MRes (Masters of Research) in Plant Biology is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applications will be accepted for a start date in October or January. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills. Part-time study for this programme is not available.

Prospective students should also consult the following guide to procedures relating to applying for the MRes Animal and Plant Science:

MRes Plant Biology - Student guide to application process before entry

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 in a relevant discipline and must contact the proposed MRes supervisor to discuss and agree a research proposal prior to application. In addition, applicants will be interviewed with the proposed supervisor and Head of Discipline prior to application via View Website (PAC code: CKS81).


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Student Profile(s)

Dara Meehan

I chose to study a Masters by Research in Plant Science for a few reasons. Namely, during my time in UCC as an undergraduate in Genetics, I became very fond of the topic of plant genetics, and molecular science. I was lucky enough to secure a literature project in 3rd year around the topic, which I followed on with my final year project, involving genetic modification of potatoes. I decided I wanted to pursue the field of research in my 4th year, and applied for a Masters by Research in BEES, with a project that would follow on from my final year project. I felt like there was more I wished to achieve in this area, and I wanted to get deeper into research as a whole, and learn new skills. Most importantly, I realised that working in industry was not for me, and that I always wanted to be trying new experiments and concepts, and I feel like this Masters suited that train of thought. Thanks to the degree I took, I was able to work as a Research Assistant immediately after I qualified. I spent a year working in a start-up company, which was immensely beneficial and interesting. I feel like I would not have had this opportunity had I not chosen the degree I did.

Dylan Barrett

I chose this degree as it was research focussed and I felt it would best prepare me for a career in scientific research. This masters allowed me to tailor the project to my own specific interests. I am now working as a research assistant where many of the technical and communication skills I developed during this programme are used every day. This masters is very lab focused, which is important in any research career.


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