Taught course

Plant Sciences

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered. English language: For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Months of entry


Course content

A combination of the growing human population and need for crops, as a food source but also as a means to meet a number of industrial applications including biofuels, means that worldwide crop production is under increasing stress. A number of environmental issues resulting from global climate change will lead to further impacts on productivity and yield. The challenge for plant scientists is to meet this demand for crops in a sustainable way without increasing the land available for farming. Researchers use a multi-faceted approach to understand the endogenous and extrinsic factors which regulate plant growth, development, evolution and adaptation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 5032