Global Plant Health at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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Overview Plant diseases have shaped human history. Controlling plant diseases is therefore important in the effort to realise a sustainable future for everyone and everything on this planet. This MSc in Global Plant Health, delivered by The Sainsbury Laboratory, will equip you to tackle this pressing problem. Plant diseases cause significant crop losses worldwide. This is made worse by the frequent emergence of new diseases. The impact goes well beyond the quantity and quality of food. We need to manage existing diseases as effectively as possible and respond rapidly to new outbreaks. Many of the most effective solutions require a thorough understanding of the science underlying the interactions between plants and microbes, together with effective leadership and management. You’ll gain the high-level knowledge, insight and skills that will be sought after by all organisations involved in global plant health. About This Course This one-year MSc in Global Plant Health provides the strongest possible grounding for a career devoted to minimising crop losses to help feed the world and protect the environment. By enrolling for this MSc, you will understand what makes plant pathogens virulent, the basis of plant immunity, how the next discoveries are made through experimental and computational approaches, what makes global response strategies successful and how to lead such a response. Rooted in scientific research excellence, this course develops the skills most sought after by employers. These include complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, coordination with others, and judgment and decision making. This course is run by The Sainsbury Laboratory. It is an independent research institute that leads the world in molecular plant-microbe interactions. Its research covers a wide range of global diseases of crops. Its celebrated Group Leaders will share their vast experience with you. This course is associated with The School of Biological Sciences at UEA, with contributions from across the Norwich Research Park, including the John Innes Centre. You’ll therefore study in one of the world’s leading campuses in plant and microbial science. A key and innovative element of the course is a 5-month research project of relevance to a global plant disease outbreak. This will provide invaluable experience for the next stage in your career by gaining familiarity with how to handle the main elements of the response to an emerging plant pathogen – from diagnosis, understanding virulence mechanisms and developing novel control strategies, through to project management. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Entry requirements

Degree classification: Honors degree - 2:1 or international equivalent Degree subject: Biological Sciences or equivalent that covers plant and/or microbial sciences. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants need to provide a Personal Statement and an additional compulsory statement that covers 5 specifics areas (molecular biology, genetics, molecular interactions, data science such as bioinformatics and statistics and laboratory skills).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with minimum 6.0 in all components

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £16800 Whole course
England £16800 Whole course
Northern Ireland £16800 Whole course
Scotland £16800 Whole course
Wales £16800 Whole course
International £33150 Whole course

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.
Global Plant Health at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS