Masters degrees in Plant Physiology administer training in all aspects of plant function and physiology, including processes such as photosynthesis and respiration. Consideration is also given to plant nutrition, hormone functions, and ecology.
Popular specialisms and related subjects include Plant Breeding, Plant Biotechnology and branches of Horticulture. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Biology or Environmental Science.
You will gain a range of practical and academic training through practices such as molecular biology, experimental growing and lab testing, refining your knowledge through research projects and vocational fieldwork experience.
For example, you might research how plants may be used within food and pharmaceuticals for the benefit of public health. This might be achieved through learning about transgenic methods (genetic modification) to improve plant resistance, allowing for better production of crops and medicines.
With this experience, you could opt for a wide variety of careers in areas such as horticulture, agriculture, conservation and wildlife management. Your expertise would also make you suitable for consultancy positions within government agencies, charities, and NGOs.