MPhil Plant Sciences / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Master of Philosophy
12 months Full-time
Entry requirements
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme description

Plants are essential for life on our planet as they underpin nearly all food chains. Plants provide us with food but also are important sources of sustainable materials and chemicals for industry, such as medicines, cosmetics, fibres and fuels. Plant science research is therefore essential for understanding ecosystem function and implications of climate change. Understanding how plants can be used and improved for higher crop yields, for improved nutrition and with enhanced resilience to biotic and abiotic stress is important for providing global food security. Plant science research also examines how plants and microalgae can be exploited to generate renewable and sustainable biofuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, or used for processes such as bioremediation. Our research studies natural ecosystems, crop species and model plants such as Arabidopsis. Plant Sciences research in the Department includes the interactions between plants and soil microorganisms in ecosystem function and agriculture, understanding photosynthesis and plant metabolism in response to stress, genetic responses to biotic and abiotic stress, and biofuels and bioproducts from plants and algae. 

Open days

Postgraduate research open day - 24th October 2018

NERC DTP interview day for funded studentships - TBC


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,327, Low £8,750, Medium £15,500, High £20,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £23,000, Low £25,000, Medium £30,500, High £35,500

Contact details

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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+44 (0)161 306 9361

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