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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
- From Model Plants to Crops
- Measuring Phentotypes
- Crop Socio-Economics
- Organic Farming
- 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.
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||550|
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