Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is sustainable food production for a rapidly increasing global population. Achieving this will depend, amongst other things, on our ability to expedite the production of new higher yielding crop varieties that are better adapted to a changing climate, and which will require fewer inputs, such as fertilisers and other agro-chemicals. You’re ready to specialise in plant genetics and crop improvement at the John Innes Centre (JIC), a ground-breaking institute for research on plant and microbial sciences. With this expert, cutting-edge training, you’ll have the perfect grounding to move onto a PhD, or alternatively into a career within the plant breeding industry. This MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement enables you to explore the theoretical basis of plant breeding and statistics, plant genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, while at the same time gaining valuable practical experience. You'll also receive training in key transferable skills. Alongside your taught modules (worth 120 credits), you’ll also complete a laboratory-based research project (worth 60 credits), giving you the opportunity to work alongside world-leading scientists at JIC, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute, or possibly with an industry partner. The JIC, which is based in the Norwich Research Park, is one of the world’s leading research institutes in plant genetics and crop improvement. So, there are few better places to study this topic within a world-class teaching and research environment. About This Course Our one-year MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement is perfect training if you plan to study for a further degree in plant genetics, or alternatively, a career in plant breeding and crop improvement. It’s a unique opportunity to study plant molecular genetics and its potential applications in the 21st century, within an environment of academic and research excellence. JIC is one of the world’s leading research institutes in plant genetics and crop improvement. This means you’ll benefit from teaching by research staff at JIC, and a number of leading plant breeding and plant biotechnology companies within the UK. In your taught modules, you’ll cover subjects including plant molecular genetics and biotechnology, target traits for crop improvement, and plant breeding with statistics – as well as learning key transferable skills such as laboratory research and communication skills. An important element of the course is the substantial six-month laboratory-based research project that you’ll conduct under the supervision of a senior scientist. As part of this you’ll submit a dissertation and present a seminar on your research project. We offer research projects in the following key areas:

  • Crop plant genetics
  • Plant biotechnology and crop improvement
  • Plant genome organisation
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Plant gene function
In recent years, the career prospects for students with a postgraduate degree in plant genetics and crop improvement have been very good, often leading to a PhD or employment within the UK plant breeding industry. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk

Modules

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Assessment method

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Entry requirements

DEGREE CLASSIFICATION: 2.1 or equivalent. DEGREE SUBJECT: Biological sciences or Plant Biology. Employment experience with a plant breeding company or related research experience also considered. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A personal statement is compulsory and should include academic history, interact in plant genetics, relevant work experience, career aspirations. Applicants must also answer the specific questions on the application form relating to their academic and practical background.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with minimum 6.0 in Writing & Speaking and 5.5 in Listening & Reading

English Foreign Language: Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):   Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date. We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6425 Year 1
England £6425 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6425 Year 1
Scotland £6425 Year 1
Wales £6425 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Sponsorship information

UEA offers a limited number of scholarships for International students of up to 50 per cent of the value of tuition fees; these awards are based on academic merit.

Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS