2021/2022

MRes (MASTER OF RESEARCH) IN PLANT BIOLOGY

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2021-22 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The MRes in Plant Biology is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills. Part-time study for this programme is not available.

Students undertake a total workload equivalent to 90 credits over the 12 month programme, the principal element of which is the completion of a major research thesis of approximately 25,000 words. In parallel, students must take and pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits.

Students take 20 credits from:1
BL4004 Frontiers in Biology (5 credits)
BL4006 Sustainable Food Production (5 credits)
BL6019 Ecological Applications of Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
BL6024 Quantitative Skills for Biologists using R (10 credits)
PS4021 Sustainable Plant Pest and Disease Management (5 credits)
PS4024 Crop Physiology and Climate Change (5 credits)
PS6001 Plant Genetic Engineering (5 credits)
ZY4021 Evolutionary Ecology (5 credits)

Students will also undertake independent research towards completion of a research thesis to a student workload equivalent of 70 credits on a selected topic in Plant Biology.

See also Procedures for Submission and Examination of Research Masters Degrees.


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Programme Learning Outcomes for MRes (Master of Research) in Plant Biology (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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