Why study this programme?
The course will provide students with an overview and practical experience of the principles and latest developments in plant science and crop husbandry. Research-active scientists, and staff with experience of UK and international horticulture and agriculture, have developed a programme that links the commercial and academic worlds, with field trips and external research placements, for students who wish to specialise in the plant sciences or seek rewarding employment in this area. Our links with business in the southeastern region and international research at Greenwich University’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI) will enable students to understand the global relevance of current plant research and innovation, in food and non-food horticulture and agriculture.
- The location of the Chatham and Hadlow College campuses, within reach of the Garden of England’s extensive and varied horticulture and agriculture, facilitates student teaching and research activities linked with local businesses and R&D providers such as East Malling Research (EMR).
- Hadlow College’s broad network of land-based-sector stakeholders forms an extensive regional interface within the southeast and beyond, a unique opportunity for students’ education in and experience of applied plant science.
- The extensive international expertise of NRI staff, a world-leading specialistand Gates Foundation-funded research organisation which receives funding from a variety of sources, provides research-led content on the MSc Applied Plant Science that is relevant to overseas’ markets.
- Taught content includes fundamental processes, practical horticulture, and the delivery and application of practical science.
- The mix of natural scientists, social scientists and economists provides a programme of basic and applied science designed for both research-led and commercial employment.
What will you study?
- Molecular and plant biology principles for crop improvement (30 credits)
- Research methods in plant science (15 credits)
- Plant growth and cropping technology (30 credits)
- Independent research project (60 credits)
- Agroforestry (15 credits)
- Agronomy and crop physiology (15 credits)
- Applications and aspects of commercial crop science (30 credits)
- Plant disease management (15 credits)
- Planning for personal and professional development (15 credits)
- Post-harvest technology of fruit and vegetables (15 credits)
Please note that it may not be possible to run all optional courses in every year.
This programme is intended to appeal to UK and international, high-calibre, graduates from a life-science background, and to facilitate the development of plant science knowledge, innovation and commercial practice. The programme has also been designed for professionals already working in the commercial arena who wish to develop their skills and potential: where possible, the intention is to make courses available in continuing professional development (CPD) short-course format in additionthe future.
There has been significant refocussing of commercial agricultural and horticultural investment in innovation and research and development (R&D), stimulating a considerable demand for appropriately trained graduates in applied plant science. National and international sustainable food -production challenges are also viewed as an investment opportunity to stimulate the economic growth and GDP of global businesses. The international relevance of plant science technologies is supporting entrepreneurship in agricultural, horticultural and novel-product production, processing, retailing, marketing and business management. Profitable careers await the application of applied plant science world-wide.
This MSc capitalises on the teaching and research strengths of the University of Greenwich via collaboration between Faculty and Natural Resources Institute staff with colleagues at Hadlow College, East Malling Research and, in particular, the broad, unique range of commercial stakeholders and plant-based businesses in the southeast.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught by active researchers and consultants with extensive industry experience who are working and applying plant science in commerce, industry and governance.
The programme will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. This formal teaching will be extensively complemented by opportunities to visit local commercial establishments involved in the application of plant science and technology to their businesses. Student will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from key industry organisations and individuals involved in the application of plant science.
Teaching and learning activities are supported by academic counselling, study skills tuition, personal tutors and pastoral guidance. You will be assessed through assignments, examinations, presentations and reports on visits.
Faculty of Engineering and Science – School of Life and Sports Science and the Natural Resources Institute
1 year full-time
Applicants should have:
Either a Bachelor’s degree at 2.1 or above
OR an equivalent UK or overseas qualification
OR a relevant professional qualification and experience in the field of applied plant science
- It may be possible to take into account acquired prior learning and experience, particularly for individuals with significant work-based experience in related subjects
- If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in the minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.
How to apply
Applications to postgraduate programmes should be made online at gre.ac.uk/apply.
There is no closing date for applications to postgraduate programmes, but they may fill up quickly, so you are advised to apply early. You do not have to wait for first degree or other examination results.
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