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Masters degrees in Developmental & Reproductive Plant Biology are primarily concerned with the study of plant growth, including a scrutiny of their genetics, environment, and economic importance. Students can specialise in Plant Genetics, Agro-ecology, Weed Science, and Sustainable Horticulture.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Biology or Environmental Science.
Effective plant breeding is essential for world-wide demands on food, pharmaceuticals, and renewable resources.
You will incorporate molecular techniques in gene identification, to better understand plant pathology, and learn how techniques for resistance breeding can improve plant yield. Consideration is also given to agronomy (soil health), pest control, and entomology (insects and their role in pollination etc.).
Careers will be highly varied depending on where your interests lie. You may branch into ecotourism or conservation and wildlife management, hold officiating positions in government agencies, or work for international charities to combat issues such as climate change, or food shortage in developing countries.
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Botany is the study of plants. their structure and development, physiology, genetics and biochemistry, health and disease, relationships with other organisms and the environment as well as the impacts plants have on our daily lives. Read more
This course will give you specialist training in the modern molecular aspects of plant science. A large part of your teaching will be delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences ( CPS ) linked to the latest research in their areas of expertise. Read more
Plants form the basis of life as they convert sunlight into an inexhaustible source of food and renewable raw materials. Plants also have a stabilising effect in (agro) ecosystems, a landscape function and ornamental value. Read more
Government and private companies are working to develop new ways to improve existing food and animal feed crops, and to develop novel crops to meet future challenges. Read more
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. Read more
We welcome applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Plant Biology. Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. Read more
More people are moving around the world than ever, and trade between nations and regions always increasing. With this comes increased risk of spreading plant pests and diseases that are damaging to food crops and the natural environment. Read more