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Plants provide an essential foundation for life on earth and have a crucial role to play in solving some of the most serious problems facing the human race, such as food shortages and rising carbon emissions. Never before has there been such urgency to train a new generation of plant biologists who can develop future technologies and approaches to respond to these challenges.
Aberystwyth is a great place to be a Plant Biologist for the following reasons:
Passionate teaching staff that are also world-leading researchers;
World class facilities for plant biology teaching and research, including a botanical garden with tropical glasshouse, modern laboratories, microscopy suite, historic botanical specimen collection, and the National Plant Phenomics Centre;
Local access to a wide range of flora, and sites that are of international importance;
- Direct links to industry, with companies on campus, international company links, and a soon-to-be-built innovation campus that will house even more plant-focused companies.
Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include: Plant Physiology, Plant Genetics, Plant Cell Biology, The Biosphere, Understanding how Ecosystems work and Soil Biology. In your second year you will engage in Plant based modules offering the following areas: Climate change impacts on Plants, Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and Abroad), Agronomy and Crop Improvement, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics and Aquatic Plants. In your third year, subject areas offered include: Applied Plant Science (Forage Grass Breeding, Energy Crops, Biotechnology), Plant Pathogens, Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and abroad), Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, Crop and Grassland Production and Agricultural and Environmental Systems. The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals.
Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including: research and data analysis skills; enhanced mathematical and computational skills; effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills; a thorough grounding in information technology skills; the ability to work independently; time-management and organisational skills- including the ability to meet deadlines; the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form; self-motivation and self-reliance and team-working- with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.
Our graduates have engaged in careers in the following areas: Horticultural / Agricultural production; Habitat surveying of habitats and Conservation; Education and public engagement; Plant Breeding; Plant Biotechnology; Consultancy; Plant research –graduate position, Ph.D. research.
Following graduation our students are ideally positioned to target employment with the following organisations: NIAB; The Environment Agency; Natural Resources Wales; National Trust; National Parks; Botanic Gardens (e.g. Kew, NBGW); The Forestry Commission; Plant breeding companies; Biotechnology companies and Agri-Food organisations.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|A level||BBC - BBB||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||With 5 points in Biology at Higher Level.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 passes in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and in a GCSE (or equivalent) science subject are also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy and level 3 KS/FS Application of Number are acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 621986
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622350
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)