About

As a student in the Plant Science and Biotechnology programme at the University of Leeds, you’ll apply your knowledge to an extended practical investigation in the form of a laboratory-based mini-project, involving practical training in a range of modern molecular biologies and protein engineerings techniques such as gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, protein expression, protein purification, and analysis.

A module on plant biotechnology will address current topics such as the engineering of plants, development of stress-tolerant crop varieties and techniques for gene expression and gene silencing through reading discussion and critical analysis of recent research papers.

You’ll learn from the research of international experts in DNA recombination and repair mechanisms and their importance for transgene integration and biotechnological applications; plant nutrition and intracellular communication; and the biosynthesis, structure, and function of plant cell walls.

Career opportunities

The strong research element of the Plant Science and Biotechnology MSc, along with the specialist and generic skills you develop, means you’ll graduate equipped for a wide range of careers.

Graduates work in a diverse range of areas, ranging from bioscience-related research through scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety, and pharmaceutical market research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioimaging
  • Topics in Plant Science
  • Practical Bioinformatics
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Crop Science & Sustainable Agriculture
  • MSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal
  • Research Planning and Scientific Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a subject that has covered the cellular and molecular basis of life such as: Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry.
  • Completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
  • Full CV
  • Transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
  • Copy of final degree certificate (if completed)
  • Copy of passport (if you’re an overseas student)
  • Completed supporting statement

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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