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Masters degrees in Plant Pathology provide advanced training in the biology, ecology, and epidemiology of pathogens. They include the molecular study of plant-insect and crop-weed relationships, providing practical experience in the development of disease-resistant plants and strategies for integrated pest management.
Many programmes are laboratory-based, with opportunities to carry out original research as well as mastering current scientific theory and practice. Popular specialisms and related subjects include Parasitology, Pest Management, Molecular Plant Science and branches of Agronomy.
You will receive practical training in the application of genomics and genetic modification, and practices for developing new technologies for integrated plant health management which improve molecular detection of pathogens.
If you would like to work towards roles within agriculture, you may focus your studies on the management of pre- and post-harvest disease in crops, with the overarching aim of learning to manage waste in the production and distribution of crops for food and other purposes.
Your experience will also make you suitable for conservation and wildlife management, and consultancy or research positions within government agencies, charities, or NGOs. Your Masters would also provide suitable preparation for further study at PhD.
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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. 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
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
Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Research glasshouse, farms and the postharvest unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies. Read more
Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel. This MSc will provide you with knowledge and practical skills focused on how crops are improved, grown and managed. Read more