Faculty of Science


Duration:Full-time MSc - 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

Tuition fees

Programme catalogue

MSc in Molecular Plant Sciences

This programme is concerned with understanding the biology of plants at the molecular level. We study, in particular, mechanisms 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 MSc programmes in Biology & Biochemistry are designed for students who wish to specialise further in a particular field or wish to change direction from their first degree (in a related area).

If you already have extensive and relevant research experience and would like to specialise, you might consider an MRes programme.

Why study Biology and 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?

The aim of each of our MSc programmes in Biology and Biochemistry is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills, all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences.

For further information please see our department pages

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2


Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Research Project
(30 credits)
Critical review of literature (6 credits) Critical review of literature (6 credits)
Research training and support skills (12 credits) Research training support skills (12 credits)
 Optional Taught Units (42 credits) Optional Taught Units (42 credits)
 Select 3 to 4 units (18 to 24 credits) Select 3 to 4 (18 to 24 credits)

Programme structure

Available 6-credit units 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