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Plant Sciences MSc

Course Description

Course Description

It is estimated that the world population will peak at around 9 billion by the middle of the century. Already, 1 billion people do not have enough to eat. According to a recent report from the Royal Society, food production needs to increase by 50-100 % by 2050. At the same time, agriculture is being placed under pressure from different directions. Changing climates, caused by rising CO2, are leading to more extreme weather events, increasing crop failures. Plants are also being looked to as a possible solution to climate change they are increasingly being grown to provide biofuels. In this context, plant sciences are more important now than ever before. This is also an area with a recognised skills shortage.

The MSc in Plant Sciences at The University of Manchester offers students the opportunity to contribute directly to the future. Key themes of Plant Science research in Manchester include increasing plant stress tolerance and developing novel ways to generate new crop varieties whilst exploring the wider roles of plants in our environment.

During the 12 month course, students spend the majority of their time working on two original research projects, gaining the practical laboratory skills required for biology-related careers in industry or academia. The degree is not only directed at students with a specialist backgrounds but is particularly suited to life scientists who wish to gain experience in plant based research, offering the possibility to work on a broad range of topics.

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Plant Science using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

Visit the Plant Sciences MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered. For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum. International applicants might be interviewed by Skype.

Course Fees

For academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are £12,500 per annum for UK/EU students; £22,000 per annum for international students.

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