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MSc Plant Sciences / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.  

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please note we require the following documents before we can consider your application:

Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English

Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.

Degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

Personal statement or statement of purpose

Curriculum vitae (CV)

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

It is estimated that the world population will peak at around 9 billion by the middle of the century. Already, 1 billion people do not have enough to eat. According to a recent report from the Royal Society, food production needs to increase by 50-100 % by 2050. At the same time, agriculture is being placed under pressure from different directions. Changing climates, caused by rising CO2, are leading to more extreme weather events, increasing crop failures. Plants are also being looked to as a possible solution to climate change they are increasingly being grown to provide biofuels. In this context, plant sciences are more important now than ever before. This is also an area with a recognised skills shortage.

The MSc in Plant Sciences at The University of Manchester offers students the opportunity to contribute directly to the future. Key themes of Plant Science research in Manchester include increasing plant stress tolerance and developing novel ways to generate new crop varieties whilst exploring the wider roles of plants in our environment.

During the 12 month course, students spend the majority of their time working on two original research projects, gaining the practical laboratory skills required for biology-related careers in industry or academia. The degree is not only directed at students with a specialist backgrounds but is particularly suited to life scientists who wish to gain experience in plant based research, offering the possibility to work on a broad range of topics.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Plant Science using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.



For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £13,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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