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BSc Plant Science with Industrial/Professional Experience / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
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 biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of our biological and biomedical sciences courses. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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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.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about 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 and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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