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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 address:a.baker@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a subject that has covered the cellular and molecular basis of life such as: Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry.
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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 genertic 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 requires a good backbround in molecular bioscience. 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, crop science and sustainable agriculture, and bioimaging methods.

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 bioinformatics and a protein engineering mini 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).


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[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, for example BIOL5178M High Throughput Technologies (15 credits) S1 instead of BIOL5373M Protein Engineering Laboratory Project, or another approved by the Programme Leader where appropriate and where material has been covered within undergraduate programmes (mainly University of Leeds graduates from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology).

BIOL5112MBioimaging10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5152MTopics in Plant Science10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5172MPractical Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5251MPlant Biotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5282MCrop Science & Sustainable Agriculture10 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

To obtain the award of MSc, students must achieve a pass mark in 30 credits of the 40 credits of subject specialism modules (which include BIOL5112M Bioimaging, BIOL5152M Topics in Plant Science, BIOL5251M Plant Biotechnology, and BIOL5274M High-throughput Technologies) and satisfy the Rules for Award for a Taught Postgraduate Masters programme. Otherwise an appropriate Fall back award would be available.

Optional modules:

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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