University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Crop Improvement

This course examines crop improvement through advances in resource use efficiency, and modern crop improvement and breeding techniques; focusing on the understanding of plant to crop systems, and with an emphasis on research training, the course is suitable for those wishing to pursue careers in research institutes, plant breeding, agro-industry and advance to higher research degree (PhD) study; whilst the course is based at the School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, students have an opportunity to see practical aspects of agriculture in other parts of the UK through visits to growers, farms, research stations and other academic institutions.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree in a related subject such as agricultural, biological, or relevant science; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element), or TOEFL paper-based 550 with 4.0 in TWE, or TOEFL computer-based 213 with 4.0 in TWE, or TOEFL IBT:87 with no less than 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing.

Course modules

Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants D24G10 (20 credits); Resource Capture by Crops D24C08 (10 credits); Principles of Crop Science D24A05 (10 credits); Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Plant Genetic Manipulation D24003 (10 credits); Plant Genetic Manipulation: Practical Techniques D24002 (10 credits); Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists D24C02 (10 credits); Plant Biotechnology D24009 (20 credits); Crop Research Techniques D24C03 (10 credits); Current Issues in Crop Science D24A09 (10 credits); Integrated Disease Management D241DM (10 credits); Research Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,052 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 4,010 per Whole course (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 11,670 per Whole course (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sutton Bonington Campus Loughborough LE12 5RD East Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
Telephone number: 
0115 951 5559