Develop your expertise in molecular plant science and its application Would you like to understand the fundamental biological mechanisms essential to the development of sustainable solutions to the greatest challenges of the 21st century including food, energy, and materials? Recent years have seen unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology, with new tools and technologies available, this is your chance to make an impact in the field. On this course, you’ll study the theory behind the many modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular plant sciences. Methodologies such as molecular biology methods, genomics, proteomics and structural biology. Take advantage of our excellent research facilities and put your learning into practice with an individual research project. You will develop the theoretical and practical skills required for a successful career in the field of plant science. Modules will cover diverse topics such as Research Planning and Communication, Advanced Biomolecular Technologies, Practical Bioinformatics and a Protein Engineering Mini lab project. You will also undertake modules in Sustainable Crop production and Crop Science and Biotechnology alongside your individual research project. This course assumes a sound foundation in the molecular and cellular basis of life (e.g. knowledge of cell structure, function of proteins and organelles, DNA replication and gene expression). Course highlights
- A large part of your teaching will be delivered by expert academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS).
- You’ll receive dedicated training in the modern molecular aspects of plant science and its application to plant biotechnology.
- Specialist topics will include developmental genetics of both model and crop systems, plant cell biology, and responses to both biotic and abiotic stress.
Compulsory modules: Bioimaging; topics in plant science; practical bioinformatics; plant biotechnology; high-throughput technologies; bioscience research project proposal; research planning and scientific communication; advanced biomolecular technologies; protein engineering laboratory project; research project.
We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.
A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in all components.
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If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.