Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 13000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 28500 per year

All study options

About Plant and Microbial Biology at University of Sheffield

Plants and microbes are fundamental to food security, as well as being central to global ecosystems. At Sheffield we study them from every angle: from the molecular level up to whole organisms, in the context of ecosystems, industry and major global challenges.

Our world-class research expertise spans topics including plant development, plant biotechnology, soil health, genomics, food security, sustainable agriculture, photosynthesis, plant-microbe interactions, plant immunology, and climate change biology, allowing you to examine the effects of past, present and future climates on plants and the wider environment.

It is possible for students with a particular interest in agricultural or horticultural research to complete their MRes project at other organisations, including Enza Zaden in the Netherlands or Rothamsted Research in the UK.

Research experience

This research-focused MRes course allows you to spend an academic year embedded in one of our research groups, working alongside students and staff who are at the forefront of their research field. Throughout your course, you'll develop your research skills, giving you the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in your chosen area.

Whether you complete your research in the field, the lab or in industry, in the UK or abroad, you'll be provided with a research budget for your project. Previous students have conducted research in conjunction with our industrial partners, as well as in research groups at the University of Sheffield.

Example research projects include:

  • Leaf anatomy contributes to the control of leaf water content and subsequent adaptation to low temperature in C4 grasses
  • CO2 fertilisation limited by multiple factors in two phosphorus deficient grasslands
  • Characterisation of novel desaturation in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

How to apply

Because of the research-intensive nature of this course, we ask you to include a short supporting statement of 500-700 words with your application. This should:

  • Explain how your interests and experience relate to the plant and microbial biology research we do in the School of Biosciences.
  • Explain why you want to do a research-intensive masters degree and how this fits with your career plans.
  • Include which particular supervisors or research groups you would be most interested in working with and why. If you have already been in contact with a prospective supervisor, please let us know.
  • State whether you'd like to be considered for a research project at one of our partner organisations.

Please submit your application by 15 August if you require a student visa and by 31 August if you do not require a visa.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 13000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 28500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 BSc honours degree in biology or a closely related quantitative subject.

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research, for example, through an undergraduate research project.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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