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University of Sheffield: Plant and Microbial Biology
|Institution||University of Sheffield|
|Department||Animal and Plant Sciences|
|Telephone||+44 114 222 0123|
Research plants and microbes in the School of Biosciences or take an industrial placement as part of this research-focussed course.
Course description Plants and microbes are fundamental to food security, as well as being central to global ecosystems. At Sheffield we study them from every angle: from the molecular level up to whole organisms, in the context of ecosystems, industry and major global challenges.
Our world-class research expertise spans topics including plant development, plant biotechnology, soil health, genomics, food security, sustainable agriculture, photosynthesis, plant-microbe interactions, plant immunology, and climate change biology, allowing you to examine the effects of past, present and future climates on plants and the wider environment.
It is possible for students with a particular interest in agricultural or horticultural research to complete their MRes project at other organisations, including Enza Zaden in the Netherlands or Rothamsted Research in the UK.
Research experience This research-focused MRes course allows you to spend an academic year embedded in one of our research groups, working alongside students and staff who are at the forefront of their research field. Throughout your course, you’ll develop your research skills, giving you the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in your chosen area.
Whether you complete your research in the field, the lab or in industry, in the UK or abroad, you’ll be provided with a research budget for your project. Previous students have conducted research in conjunction with our industrial partners, as well as in research groups at the University of Sheffield.
Example research projects include:
Leaf anatomy contributes to the control of leaf water content and subsequent adaptation to low temperature in C4 grasses
CO2 fertilisation limited by multiple factors in two phosphorus deficient grasslands
Characterisation of novel desaturation in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.
How to apply
Because of the research-intensive nature of this course, we ask you to include a short supporting statement of 500-700 words with your application. For more information visit the course on the University of Sheffield prospectus.
Master of Research - MRes
|Level||RQF Level 7|
A 2:1 BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in biology or a closely related quantitative subject. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research eg an undergraduate research project.
English language requirements: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
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