A year of specialist research training completes this advanced, four-year course.

We teach plant sciences as an experimental science. We concentrate on rapidly advancing areas such as signalling between plants under stress and pathogen attacks, the contribution of plants to the global carbon cycle and global warming. We examine these issues at many levels including the control and regulation of gene expression, developmental physiology, communities and ecosystems.

Optional modules cover specialist areas such as photosynthesis, global warming and vegetation modelling, climate change and pollution impacts on plant communities. You'll draw on a variety of techniques to investigate molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, plant-pathogen and plant-symbiont interactions, carnivorous and parasitic plants, conservation and biodiversity.

The fourth-year gives you research experience in plant biotechnology, development and global ecosystem processes. You'll work one-to-one with a member of academic staff. The project will develop your in-depth knowledge and teach you more skills than you could learn on a three-year course. It's excellent preparation for a research-related career or higher degree.

Our research spans the globe, from tropical rainforests to subarctic tundra. There are optional field courses available in the Peak District National Park (UK), Anglesey (UK), Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean, Tanzania, and tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

If you want to study plant sciences, but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with a Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.
MBiol Award
Study Mode
4 years Duration
C209 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

A*AA, including Biology and a second science

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