Plant Science and Biotechnology

University of Leeds

12 months
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On the Plant Science and Biotechnology programme at the University of Leeds, you’ll gain an overview of a range of modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular plant sciences.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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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