University of Nottingham: Crop Improvement (MSc/Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip)

InstitutionUniversity of Nottingham
Department School of Biosciences View department profile
Telephone +44 (0) 115 95 14749
Study type Taught


This course examines crop improvement through advances in resource use efficiency, and modern crop improvement and breeding techniques; focusing on the understanding of plant to crop systems, and with an emphasis on research training, the course is suitable for those wishing to pursue careers in research institutes, plant breeding, agro-industry and advance to higher research degree (PhD) study; whilst the course is based at the School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, students have an opportunity to see practical aspects of agriculture in other parts of the UK through visits to growers, farms, research stations and other academic institutions.

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Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

At least a second class honours degree in any Biological, Chemical or Physical Science subject (e.g. Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Genetics, Food Sciences, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Physics); Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted but may be required to attend additional courses and/or to register initially for the Diploma, with the opportunity to progress to the MSc; IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).


Assessment is based on a research project.


Modules: genetic improvement of crop plants (20 credits); resource capture by crops (10 credits); principles of crop science (10 credits); fundamental and applied aspects of plant genetic manipulation (10 credits); plant genetic manipulation: practical techniques (10 credits); statistics and experimental design for bio-scientists (10 credits); plant biotechnology (20 credits); crop research techniques (10 credits); current issues in crop science (10 credits); integrated disease management (10 credits); research project.

Location Sutton Bonington Campus
Sutton Bonington
LE12 5RD


EU 7695 GBP for Year 1
England 7695 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 7695 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 7695 GBP for Year 1
Wales 7695 GBP for Year 1
International 22410 GBP for Year 1

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