Faculty of Science


Duration: Full-time MRes - 12 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-mail: pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Programme catalogue

Tuition fees

MRes in Molecular Plant Sciences

Molecular Plant Scientists attempt to understand the biology of plants at the molecular level. We study, in particular, mechansims of microbial pathogenicity and host plant defence in temperate and tropical species, cell and molecular biology of pollen-stigma recognition and signalling in flowering plants, plant hormone and G protein signalling pathways, genomics and gene networks, and molecular biology of stress responses in the important tropical crop cassava.

The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation.It gives students an insight into a range of state-of-the-art research activities and techniques, and provides generic, transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers.

The programmes also address the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.

All of the MRes programmes can be studied as the first year of our Integrated PhD programme.

Why study Biology & Biochemistry with us?

  • 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
  • Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

MRes degree programmes are designed for graduates who are contemplating a research career and who may go on to study for a PhD or to a position in industry involving interaction with research scientists.

If these do not apply, you might consider an MSc programme

For further information please see our department pages.

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2

Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits)
Critical research analysis skills (12 credits) Critical research analysis skills (12 credits)
Optional Taught Units (24 credits) Optional Taught Units (30 credits)
Select 2 units (12 credits) Select 2 units (12 credits)
Compulsory Project Unit Compulsory Project Unit
Lab project 1 (27 credits) Lab project 2 (27 credits)

Programme structure

Avaliable options include:

  • Plant physiology & biochemistry
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant symbiosis & pathology
  • Topics in environmental plant virology
  • Sensory and signalling networks in plants
  • Plant-microorganism interactions
  • Plant reproductive biology
  • Plant responses to abiotic stress
  • Plant biotechnology & the environment 

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Recent employers include:

  • Morvus-Technology Ltd
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath
  • Ministry of Defence
  • State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
  • AbCam
  • Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital
  • Lonza