Taught course

Plant Genetics & Crop Improvement

University of East Anglia · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or Plant Biology. Candidates without a relevant degree but with previous employment in a plant breeding company or related research experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The one-year MSc course in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement provides training for students wishing to undertake a further degree in plant molecular genetics, or pursue a career in plant breeding and crop improvement with professional guidance.


The course focuses on plant molecular genetics and potential applications to crop improvement in the context of the 21st century. This is a unique opportunity to study this field of science in an environment of academic and research excellence with great exposure to the latest plant science research.


In addition to studying core modules, you will undertake a six-month laboratory-based research project under the supervision of either a member of the School of Biological Sciences or a Senior Scientist at the John Innes Centre. You will be required to submit a dissertation and present a seminar on your specific research project.


The course is run jointly by supportive teaching staff from the School of Biological Sciences at UEA, scientists from the John Innes Centre, which includes The Sainsbury Laboratory, and a number of prominent plant breeding and plant biotechnology companies within the UK. The John Innes Centre is one of the world’s leading research institutes in plant genetics and crop improvement.


In addition to core modules, training also includes developing a number of key transferable skills. In recent years the career prospects for students with a postgraduate degree in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement have been extremely promising, frequently leading to a PhD or employment within the plant breeding industry.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515