Taught course

Molecular Plant Sciences

University of Bath · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, plant sciences, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, microbiology, agricultural science, medical laboratory technology or medical sciences.

We would also consider other degree subjects, providing there is sufficient relevant content with adequate grades achieved.

Your degree should have at least 50% biology units including plant related units, such as agriculture or botany.

You should have undertaken a research project or work that is relevant to this course, either through your undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or through work experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn the fundamentals of the biology of plants and their molecules. Study the specialist area of industrial biotechnology.

This course is for you if you want to go into a research career or study for a PhD in the field of molecular plant sciences.

You will have the opportunity to study molecular problems from epigenetics through to food crops. Themes include mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity and host plant defence in temperate and tropical species, cell and molecular biology of pollen-stigma recognition and signalling in flowering plants, plant hormone and G protein signalling pathways, genomics and gene networks, and molecular biology of stress responses in the important tropical crop cassava. You’ll have access to facilities including a GM glasshouse and tissue culture for plant and mammalian cells.

The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation. You’ll gain an insight into a range of research activities and techniques, gaining the transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers. You’ll also address the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.

All of the MRes courses can be studied as the first year of our Integrated PhD course.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115