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MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology

Programme code:MSC-BSGS/PSBUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Alison Baker Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Masters Bioscience Examination Board

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should have:
- gained specialist training in plant science;
- received a solid training and personal development experience in genetic and transferable skills and attitudes;
- an integrated and critical understanding of research principles and methodologies in the biosciences and in particular plant science;
- developed critical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, in the interpretation of data;
- received training in a range of practical molecular and cellular laboratory skills that are of broad relevance to research in the biosciences and in particular plant science;
- put these practical, data analysis and writing skills into practice through undertaking a supervised research project in the plant sciences.

Our MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology degree provides training in modern molecular aspects of plant science and is suitable either for those who have done a more organism-based plant biology undergraduate degree or those from a non-plant biosciences background who wish to acquire knowledge and expertise in this area. Teaching is delivered by research active academics from the University of Leeds' Centre for Plant Sciences and is often aligned with their areas of expertise.

Topics covered include, plant cell biology, plant development, plant biotechnology, bioimaging methods and applications of bioinformatics to plant science

The programme consists of 55 credits of compulsory core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting edge of a modern plant science) sector - including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning modern bioscience and an extended practical project intended to give the students experience with the techniques used in molecular biology. Added to this is an independent laboratory-based research project (85 credits) in an area of plant science and specialist plant science taught modules (40 credits).

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

All modules are compulsory. However, students may be directed to take an alternative 15 credit module, approved by the Programme Leader, instead of BIOL5373M Protein Engineering Laboratory Project where appropriate and where material has been covered within undergraduate programmes (mainly in Molecular & Cellular Biology).

BIOL5112MBioimaging10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5152MTopics in Plant Science10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5172MPractical Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5251MPlant Biotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5274MHigh-throughput Technologies10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5294MMSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal5 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5371MResearch Planning and Scientific Communication10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5372MAdvanced Biomolecular Technologies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5373MProtein Engineering Laboratory Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5392MBioscience MSc Research Project80 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

Last updated: 16/10/2017


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