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MSc by Research in Plant and Environmental Sciences

Standard Duration: Full-time 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject

English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A

This practical course is based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Academic researchers. Topics tend to be interdisciplinary and range from laboratory-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and ecology. The course will give you hands-on experience of your chosen specialism and can be used in preparation for a PhD. It also prepares you for careers in science administration, business where the products sold involve advanced technology, and as a consultant in many highly skilled sectors.

Research areas include:

Animal Health and Welfare; Biogeochemical Cycles; Brain Function and Neuro-Degeneration; Cell Biology; Developmental Systems and Ageing; Environmental Microbiology; Environmental Resource Management and Ecosystems; Epidemiology and Modelling; Food Security; Gene Expression; Genomics and Bioinformatics; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Molecular Systems Biology; Infectious Disease; Molecular Structure and Mechanism; Network Reengineering; Neuroscience; Pathogenesis
Mechanisms; Plant Science; Signalling Pathways; Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology.

We also offer a joint PhD in Life Sciences with our partner institution Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. For more information visit


Application Fact File

Entry Requirements
PhD: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject

PhD in Synthetic Biology: Applicants are
normally expected to have achieved a strong 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in
physical sciences (e.g. Engineering, Physics,
plant sciences, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics, computing) or life sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry) with strong mathematical skills

MSc: 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject
English Language Requirements

Band A - IELTS 6.5


All applications should be made online at

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Please visit the Life Sciences website to see the scholarships available for research students. Details of other funding opportunities can be found via the Graduate School.