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University of Manchester

Plant Science (4 years) [MSci]

UCAS Code: 6D43

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

We require grades AAA-ABB, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (“the Hard Sciences”). You must have a grade A in at least one Hard Science and pass the practical assessments in these subjects. If your grades are AAB or higher, we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels, eg Further Maths is not considered alongside Maths and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the offer. Your offer will be based on the above criteria as well as your predicted grades and past performance.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances. In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction. We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

We normally require 3 full A levels. We may exceptionally accept two AS-levels at grades AB or higher in place of the third non-science A-level. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

B

We require AA-AB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry at A-level and a pass in the practical assessments if applicable. We also require a pass in the core component at grade B or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,D3-D3,M1,M1

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, M1, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects. The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require a minimum of grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language and Mathematics. Applied GCSE Mathematics courses (eg WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) cannot be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-37

37-32 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


For an Irish Leaving Certificate awarded in 2017 or after, we would require grades H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including grades H2H2, normally in Biology and Chemistry. For an Irish Leaving Certificate awarded before 2017, we would require grades A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 to A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 including grades AA, normally in Biology and Chemistry.

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-B,B,B

We require AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry. Two Scottish Highers at grades BB or higher are acceptable in place of the third non-science Advanced Higher subject.

We do not accept Scottish Highers on their own. They are only accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Two Scottish Highers at grades BB or higher are acceptable in place of the third non-science Advanced Higher subject. Applicants with Scottish Highers only may be considered for the foundation year.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Plant sciences

Our MSci Plant Science course will enable you to achieve an integrated master's degree while you study for a BSc, giving you significant research experience that will be invaluable for a PhD and a career in research.

You will examine the growth, development and productivity of plants, learning how to apply concepts from a wide range of biological areas to plant science, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology.

We offer a rich combination of seminars and interactive events, including field studies .

These include the opportunity to go on a field course on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca in the Easter vacation of your first year, when the orchids are in bloom.

A tropical or UK-based field course builds on this in your second year.

In Year 4, you will undertake a major research project in one of the University's more than 200 research labs to achieve your undergraduate master's award.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Plant sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Plant sciences

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate
452

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Plant sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Only a handful of students take botany for a first degree - the subject is mostly studied at Masters or by doctorate-level graduates, usually after a biology degree. 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, or to have a look on their website.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biological and sport sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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