Master Crops for the Future (M.Res)

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,439 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,301 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This one-year course is aimed mainly at students who intend to make a research career in crop plants and would particularly suit students who intend careers in the breeding, pathology and biotechnology of crop plants.

We place a strong emphasis on training in research skills and a key component is our full-time research project for the last 4 months of the course in one of our top research laboratories. The MRes is therefore an excellent foundation for PhD research in crop science. This course is suitable for UK and overseas students who have obtained a good undergraduate degree in any life science or for motivated graduates in physical science who wish to move into plant biology.


The course is based on 11 taught Course Units, together with a series of case studies where particular course aspects are covered from a detailed practical viewpoint. In addition to Units dealing with contemporary Crop Science, there will be a strong emphasis on aspects of ecology and environmental biology relevant to sustainable agriculture in the 21st Century. Teaching will be delivered by our international leaders in this scientific area and our colleagues in industry and other institutions.

Foundation Units (5 weeks):

- Plant Gene Expression

- Plant Cell Biology

- Plant Genes & Genomes

- Evolution & Biodiversity of Plants

- Plant Genetics

Crop Plants and the Environment Units:

- Plant Breeding Schemes

- Soil, Roots and Microbes

- Crop Plant-Environment Interactions

Crop Plant Environment Units:

- Plant Breeding - Markers & Traits

- Crop Plant Genetic Manipulation

- Crop Pests & Pathogens

Case Studies:

- From Model Plants to Crops

- Measuring Phentotypes

- Crop Socio-Economics

- Organic Farming

- Biofuels

- Bio-Remediation

- Remote Sensing

- Crop Plant Pathogens

These units are then followed by a 4 month researcg project.

Methods of Assessment:

Continuous assessment (40%) and examination (60%).


You should have, or expect to have a first class or good upper second class degree in an appropriate subject.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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