Taught course

Applied Plant Science

University of Greenwich · Natural Resources Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: A degree in biological or life science at 2.1 or above; relevant working experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Life-and plant-science undergraduates, and professionals in commercial horticulture and agriculture looking to develop their career, from the UK and overseas, will benefit from a broad, research-led syllabus. Taught content will equip the graduate with the expertise needed to work independently in a range of areas of current commercial plant science, at supervisory or management level, or in applied research. As well as ensuring a thorough grounding in basic science and horticultural technology, the modern molecular biology content is particularly relevant, since new technologies are rapidly entering the commercial arena. The independent research project will be set in a research institution or appropriate local industry, and will be designed around the student’s interests and expertise.

The MSc focuses on methods used in the evaluation and improvement of conventional crops that feed the growing world population, but also alternative protected crops and ornamentals along with postharvest, postharvest management, business and environmental concerns, and plant stress and disease in a changing climate.

Experts in this increasingly important area are needed in businesses nationally and internationally, in research and innovation, and at government and agency level where the ability to understand and follow current developments is required to guide and direct global sustainable solutions to population change.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide a thorough practical and theoretical grounding in:

  • The science of plant biology and its application in the commercial and research arena
  • The practicalities of horticulture and agriculture technologies including consideration of sustainability
  • The commercial aspects of this business area, including the planning, execution and evaluation of trials to exploit and develop novel approaches, practices, and crops


  • Allowing the student to synthesise, evaluate and critically judge which technologies and research findings are of value and appropriate to their current or future employment environment in a UK or international setting.


  • Molecular and plant biology principles for plant improvement
  • Research methods in plant science
  • Independent research project
  • Plant growth and cropping technology


  • Agroforestry
  • Agronomy and crop physiology
  • Applications and aspects of commercial crop science
  • Food and markets
  • Planning for personal and professional development
  • Plant disease management

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000