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Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Plant Genetics Crop Science

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

The one-year MSc course in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement provides training for students wishing to undertake a further degree in plant molecular genetics, or alternatively, a career in plant breeding and crop improvement. The course focuses on plant molecular genetics and its potential applications to crop improvement in the 21st century. In recent years the career prospects for students with a postgraduate degree in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement have been very good, often leading to a PhD or employment in the plant breeding industry. The course will provide you with a unique opportunity to study plant genetics and crop improvement in an environment of academic and research excellence. This MSc takes advantage of our unique expertise in Plant Genetics to provide expert, cutting-edge training in a highly prized discipline. The degree provides an ideal grounding for PhD research or a career in plant breeding and crop improvement with modules including Genetics, Plant Genomics, Plant Molecular Genetics and Statistics for Plant Science. The teaching staff includes members of the School of Biological Sciences together with scientists from the John Innes Centre and a number of leading plant breeding and plant biotechnology companies within the UK.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Full time | University of East Anglia UEA | 1 year | SEP-17

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Full time


1 year

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These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Plant Breeding (20 Credits) - Core

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of plant breeding and genetics and to explore the principles and applications of the newer technologies in the manipulation of traits in crop improvement. On completion the students' understanding will include: The principles, analysis and application of Mendelian, population and quantitative genetics in plant breeding; the background to and application of molecular techniques such as the generation and use of doubled haploid populations and marker assisted breeding and selection; breeding strategies and selection procedures; principles and application of heterosis and hybrid breeding.

Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics (20 Credits) - Core

This module is a more in-depth version of BIO-M109, providing a Master's level introduction to the structure and function of DNA. The module covers mechanisms of inheritance in pro- and eukaryotic organisms and an introduction to the study of model organisms and their genomes. This will be followed by lectures and workshops that investigate the molecular mechanisms controlling transcription and translation together with contemporary 'omics' technologies used for the analysis of whole genomes, gene function and expression. Lectures and seminars that introduce the role of bioinformatics in genome biology and evolution will also be included together with an opportunity to gain practical experience in bioinformatics. These lectures and seminars will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for more in-depth coverage of these topics later in the academic year, including within the laboratory-based research project.

Laboratory Research Project (60 Credits) - Core

Compulsory and restricted module for MSC in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement A six month laboratory-based research project on some aspect of plant genetics, crop improvement, plant-microbe interactions or plant biology supervised by a member of scientific staff at the John Innes Centre or Sainsbury Laboratory, or by a member of faculty in the School of Biological Sciences at UEA. This provides a thorough training in experimentation, data collection, critical analysis, and presentation.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

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


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Applicants should normally have a good first degree in Biological Sciences or Plant Biology. Candidates with other experience, such as employment within a plant breeding company or relevant research experience, will also be considered.

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