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What makes an Integrated Masters in Plant Sciences at Worcester special?

This course is no longer running. Please see our other Science and the Environment courses.

Plants are crucial to a surprisingly large number of processes on our planet. They stand at the base of nearly every food chain, and are instrumental in the production of clothing, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and even plastics. With an ever-increasing global population, and an increasingly unstable climate, plant sciences are more important now than ever before.

At Worcester you can explore how plants grow, develop, reproduce, evolve, fight off pests and diseases, and interact with and respond to their environment.

During the fourth (masters) year you will undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in Plant Science within the department. 

Key features

  • Study for a four year Integrated Masters degree in Plant Science in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Gain extensive practical experience by working with our experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • Benefit from working alongside the University's Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, a world-leading authority on molecular biology, microbiology and immunology.
  • The option to exit after three years and be awarded a BSc (hons) in Plant Science.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology and A level in another science, maths or statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology.
  • Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM.
Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Classification and Species Identification


  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Environmental Issues Past and Present

Year 2


  • Plant Biology
  • Project and Career development
  • Molecular Genetics and Conservation


  • Field Techniques and Identification Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Work Experience
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Geographical Information Systems

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Plant Development and Physiology
  • Adaptations to Extreme Environments
  • Residential Ecology Field Trip
  • Restoration Ecology


  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Work Experience
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Extension Module
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology of Habitats and Species
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change

Year 4


  • Research Methods
  • Applied and Commercial Research
  • Integrated Masters Thesis/Project in Biology

Year 4 modules are common to a range of Biological Science Integrated masters courses but each subject specialisation will be achieved by students varying their selection of topics from within menus of material within each module. For example, a Plant Science student will undertake an appropriate research project which will differ from the choices available to a Biochemist. Although there will be generic material, the individual skills delivered within the Applied and Commercial Research and Research Methods modules will also be tailored to deliver the individual needs of each Integrated Masters course.

Applied and Commercial Research is a unique aspect of our Integrated Masters programme compared with other institutions. It will offer students valuable insights into applied and commercial rather than just pure research. Most of this module will take advantage of current commercial and applied research expertise in our Charles Darwin Laboratories including the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Plant Science to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area as well as appreciating novel uses for more traditional methods in Plant Science.           
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research and a research thesis/project that may be linked to a research group or commercial organisation.
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Plant Science.
  • Develop and apply approaches for problem solving; e.g. when constructing an effective research project or maximising the opportunity that your CV will be shortlisted
  • Undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise within the department.

Teaching Approach:

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study.
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability.
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills.
  • An extended induction to allow the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them.
  • Two special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability.
  • Regular Personal Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to guide and support your studies.
  • Development of Laboratory and Field-Based pure and applied research skills.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

  • Professor Mahmut Tör

    Professor Mahmut Tör

    Mahmut is Chair of Molecular Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Worcester.

    In addition to being an active researcher Mahmut leads on a number of undergraduate modules.

  • Lorraine-Weaver-200x200

    Lorraine Weaver

    Lorraine is Head of Biological Sciences and has a range of interests, from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

  • rob-herbert-science-university-worcester

    Dr Rob Herbert

    Rob is Head of Applied Sciences within the Institute of Science & the Environment at Worcester University.


Where could it take you?

This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths, including nature conservation, wildlife warden, work for the public sector and environmental consultancies as well as progression to higher degrees such as PhD.

As a Plant Scientist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based vegetation analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics.

You will also learn how to gather environmental or physiological data in the laboratory and/or the field using logging equipment, controlled environment cabinets and a range of physiological monitoring devices.

Plant Scientists, who can solve problems, look at evidence and make measured and reasoned arguments, are not only required in scientific fields but also in other fields - such as the media, retailing and finance - to ensure there is a balanced view relating to new technology and that any risks are neither under nor over stated.

There is also a need for people to be able to explain these scientific arguments in 'lay-mans' terms, not only in teaching but also in a wide range of other vocations.

Worcester Plant Science graduates are working in Primary and Secondary Teaching, Forensic Science, the Police Force, the Fire Service, Scientific and Environmental Research, the Environment Agency, Ecological Consultancy, Banking, IT and the retail trade to name a few.

It is becoming increasing difficult for graduates to obtain PhD positions with only a BSc (Hons) degree. Graduates with an Integrated Masters degree would have significant additional research expertise that would enable them to progress straight to an MPhil/PhD position. There is an increasing need for graduates in the UK economy as skilled researchers for UK PLC. Such graduates have much to offer within the general area of applied biological research but also, critically, to drive forward the innovation that is vital for the UK economy.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Plant Science MBiol (Integrated Masters) - C4C7 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Head of Biological Sciences

Lorraine Weaver
01905 855598

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23