University of East Anglia UEA: Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Biological Sciences
Telephone 01603 591515
Study type Taught


The 1 year course 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. The course provides an opportunity to study plant genetics and crop improvement in an environment of academic and research excellence. The course is run jointly by the School of Biological Sciences (BIO) at UEA and the John Innes Centre (JIC), which also includes The Sainsbury Laboratory.

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UEA offers a limited number of scholarships for International students of up to 50 per cent of the value of tuition fees; these awards are based on academic merit.

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Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree in biological sciences or plant biology, minimum 2.1 standard or equivalent. Candidates with other experience, such as employment within a plant breeding company or relevant research experience are also considered. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all 4 components.


Dissertation; present a seminar on chosen research project.


Taught modules cover subjects including: plant molecular genetics and biotechnology; target traits for crop improvement; plant breeding; training in a number of key transferable skills is also included; 6-month laboratory-based research project under supervision; research projects are offered in the following areas: plant genetics; plant biotechnology and crop improvement; plant genome organisation; plant-microbe interactions; cell and developmental biology; plant gene function.

Location University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park


Channel Islands 8550 GBP for Year 1
EU 8550 GBP for Year 1
England 8550 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 8550 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 8550 GBP for Year 1
Wales 8550 GBP for Year 1
International 19000 GBP for Year 1

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