University of Leeds: Plant Science and Biotechnology

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds
Department Graduate School
Telephone 0113 343 1418
Study type Taught


Are you ready to join our researchers in developing sustainable solutions to global challenges such as world hunger, food production and sustainable agriculture? Discover a wide variety of different approaches, learn how to address challenges from every angle and gain specialist training from leading experts.

In recent years the study of plant sciences has been revolutionised by the development of new tools and technologies which have allowed unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology – knowledge which is being applied to develop sustainable solutions to some of the major challenges of the 21st century.

This course will give you specialist training in the modern molecular aspects of plant science. A large part of your teaching will be delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) linked to the latest research in their areas of expertise.

You’ll explore the wide ranges of approaches used in biomolecular sciences as applied to plant science. This will cover theory and practice of recombinant DNA and protein production, bioimaging using our confocal microscope suite, practical bioinformatics and theories behind ‘omic technologies.

You’ll also learn how to design a programme of research and write a research proposal, read and critically analyse scientific papers in plant science and biotechnology and present the findings. A highlight of the course is your individual 80 credit practical research project.

The course is 100% coursework assessed (although some modules have small in course tests). Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop your independent thinking, problem solving, communication skills and practical ability, making you attractive to employers or providing an excellent foundation for further study (eg PhD).

You’ll study in a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Sponsorship info

We offer a number of scholarship opportunities to support and reward students from around the world. If you are a UK student you may be able to receive government support to help towards your tuition fees and living costs. For UK/EU 2019-20 entry students we offer the Alumni Bursary. The Alumni Bursary is for you if you’re a former student of the University of Leeds studying for a postgraduate qualification in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Courses that are run in conjunction with other universities are excluded from the Bursary. For International 2019-20 entry students we offer the Alumni Bursary, the Biological Sciences International Masters Scholarship and the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. Dean’s Excellence Scholarships are available for eligible international students studying for a taught Master's programme in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Find out more at:


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