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Plant Pathology PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes

Plant Pathology PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Plant Pathology

Course type


Course Summary

The course

Harper Adams is the UK’s only provider of a postgraduate course in plant pathology. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and mitigating the effects of climate change. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare for an interesting and fulfilling career in an area with considerable opportunities.

Crop losses through plant disease either pre- or post-harvest are an important component of these losses.

The aim of the course is to provide students with specialized training in plant pathology.

The course will:

  • prepare students for a career in plant pathology
  • offer vocational training in the area of applied plant pathology
  • prepare students for PhD studies

The course is intended to provide a detailed understanding of basic and applied plant pathology and the issues associated with current production systems and control strategies. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and longstanding collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

How will it benefit me?

Having completed the taught part of MSc you will be able to identify pathogens using both traditional methods and molecular techniques. The course will focus on producing integrated management solutions that meet the requirements of sustainable crop production. Students also learn how to disseminate issues and ideas relating to plant disease control to a range of audiences using various methods of communication.

The research project for the MSc will allow you to test hypotheses relevant to pure and applied plant pathology research by designing, carrying out, analysing and interpreting experiments. You will also learn to evaluate and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions from existing plant pathology studies.


Students holding an MSc in Plant Pathology can find employment in a variety of organisations including agricultural, horticultural and forestry research institutions, universities, commercial organisations within the agrochemical sector, and advisory and consultancy roles in the private sector. Some graduates will go on to do postgraduate research.

Different course options

Full time | Harper Adams University | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Some form of crop protection is practised on all modern arable farms, horticultural enterprises and in glasshouses.This module extends the teaching and learning experienced in the module Plant Health Management - Principles to address key annual and perennial crops of Northern Europe. Identification skills will be developed, agricultural importance of weeds, pests and diseases appreciated and pest management practices evaluated. The importance of data analysis from experimental work will be appreciated in the development of crop management practices.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification. A good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years' relevant industrial or professional experience; Previous experience, referees' reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.