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Plant science courses

Plant science is the study of the biology of plants, their relationship to the environment and how we can use this knowledge to solve major problems such as climate change and food and energy shortages. You will spend time in the lab as well as on field trips. This type of course can lead to research careers in universities or bioscience companies or employment in agricultural, horticultural, environmental services or conservation fields.
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Studying plant science at university

Example course modules

  • Genes, cells and populations
  • Ecosystems and environmental change
  • Plant biodiversity
  • Reproduction, development and growth
  • Data transfer, analysis and presentation
  • Whole organism biology
  • Sex, flowers, and biotechnology
  • Genetic improvement of crop plants
  • Plant microbe interactions
  • Field crops

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Who studies this subject

  • Male : 53%
    Female : 47%
  • Mature : 26%
    School leaver : 74%
  • Full-time : 93%
    Part-time : 7%
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What students say about plant science

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What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Useful to have

  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

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Career prospects

Sources: HECSU & KIS
Only a handful of students take botany or plant science for a first degree - the subject is mostly studied at Masters or doctorate-level graduates. Last year's botany graduates were most likely to be working six month after graduation, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
Professional and accrediting bodies:

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Other elementary services occupations
  • Science, engineering and production technicians
Average graduate salary £17k
% employed or in further study 87.2%

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Biologist (research, marine, soil etc.)
  • MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)

Other real-life job examples

  • Conservation officer
  • Field trials officer
  • Investment consultant

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