Applied Plant Science, MSc

University of Greenwich

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Typology Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate

This Master's offers a broad, research-led syllabus that will benefit life and plant science undergraduates, and professionals in commercial horticulture and agriculture from the UK and overseas looking to develop their career.
Taught content will equip the graduate with the expertise needed to work independently in a range of areas of current commercial plant science, at supervisory or management level, or in applied research. As well as ensuring a thorough grounding in basic science and horticultural technology, the modern molecular biology content is particularly relevant, since new technologies are rapidly entering the commercial arena. The independent research project will be set in a research institution or appropriate local industry, and will be designed around the student's interests and expertise.
The MSc focuses on methods used in the evaluation and improvement of conventional crops that feed the growing world population, but also alternative protected crops and ornamentals along with postharvest management, business and environmental concerns, and plant stress and disease in a changing climate.
The programme team is a combination of scientists working within the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), a unique multidisciplinary centre of excellence focused on global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the Department of Life and Sports Sciences, both part of the university's Faculty of Engineering and Science. Both have reputations founded on excellence in teaching, training and research. You will also benefit from our links with businesses in the South East and other centres of expertise including and East Malling Research and Hadlow College.
Professional development
Experts in this increasingly important area are needed in businesses nationally and internationally, in research and innovation, and at government and agency level where the ability to understand and follow current developments is required...

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· Requirements

Entry requirements Applicants should normally have a degree in biological or life science at 2.1 or above. Relevant working experience will be considered. Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What you'll learn on the course

Plant Science
Plant Science

Course programme

Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Molecular and plant biology principles for crop improvement (30 credits)
Plant growth and cropping technology (30 credits)
Independent Research Project (60 credits)
Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.
Agronomy and Crop Physiology (15 credits)
Applications and aspects of commercial crop science (30 credits)
Plant Disease Management (15 credits)
Planning for Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)
Postharvest Technology of Fruit and Vegetables (15 credits)
Agroforestry (15 credits)
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Extra information Assessment Assessment methods include: Examinations Coursework Research project dissertation. Careers Production managers - management of plant/crop production (protected and non-protected crops) and postharvest facilities. Development specialists - selection, development and evaluation of existing and novel plants and crops. Retailing produce - food and crop technologists, retailing food and non-food derived crops and products, including fresh produce and postharvest technologists. Institutes, NGOs and governmental bodies - governance and policy linked to application of horticultural/agricultural technologies. Applied research scientist - application of plant science into practice. Specialised equipment Molecular biology laboratories, horticultural and agricultural facilities

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