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BSc Plant Science with Industrial/Professional Experience / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA-ABB.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for undergraduate courses in the School of Biological Sciences)

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the programmes offered by the School of Biological Sciences. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
C202
UCAS institution code
M20

Course description

Plants lie at the base of nearly every food chain on our planet. Directly or indirectly, they provide us with all our dietary requirements and many of our raw materials for industry, clothing and leisure. Many plants are crucially important in biotechnology -providing, for example, vaccines, pharmaceuticals and even plastics. Plants are being looked to as a possible solution to climate change; crops are increasingly being grown to provide biofuels. In this context, plant sciences are more important now than ever before.

Our Plant Science course examines the growth, development and productivity of plants. To understand and exploit these processes, it is necessary to apply a wide range of biological areas, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. We offer a rich combination of seminars and interactive events; field studies are an enjoyable part of our provision. If you enter one of these degree courses, you may attend a field course on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, when the orchids are in bloom in the Easter vacation of your first year. A tropical (eg Ecuador) or UK-based field course builds on this in your second year.

You will spend your third year on a placement with one of our partner organisations in the UK or overseas, such as the National Botanic Garden of Wales or Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

This programme has been accredited by the Society of Biology and is currently the only Plant Science course in the country to be recognised in this way. Accreditation is awarded to programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in the biosciences and provide graduates with the skills for academic and industry careers.

NB: Due to a change in the organisational structure of the University, this course as of August 2016 this course will be in the new School of Biological Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. In the interim period, you will be redirected to the current Faculty of Life Sciences webpages for further details on this course.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year, in which Biological Sciences take part.

Open days

The School of Biological Sciences also operates School/campus tours which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who will can tell you all about the School and life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the Biological Sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.To book, please contact the School of Biological Sciences Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email ug.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs

Scholarships/sponsorships

No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/lifesciences
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