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BSc in Plant Biology (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Biology

Course Description

Plants provide an essential foundation for life on earth and have a crucial role to play in solving some of the most serious problems facing the human race, such as food shortages and rising carbon emissions. Never before has there been such urgency to train a new generation of plant biologists who can develop future technologies and approaches to respond to these challenges. 

  • Learn and live in an exceptional environment where you will be surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain, waterways, grassland and coast.
  • Investigate subjects areas such as plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, crop science, ecology, food security and global climate change impacts.
  • Receive expert training in field and laboratory skills.
  • Taught by well-known and world-leading experts in the field.
  • Use of the Biological Service Unit, Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Unit, Modelling laboratory, the Computational Biological laboratory, Advanced Microscopy and Bio-imaging Laboratory.

Plants provide an essential foundation for life on earth and have a crucial role to play in solving some of the most serious problems facing the human race, such as food shortages and rising carbon emissions. Never before has there been such urgency to train a new generation of plant biologists who can develop future technologies and approaches to respond to these...

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Course Content

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include:

  • Plant Physiology;
  • Plant Genetics;
  • Plant Cell Biology;
  • The Biosphere;
  • Understanding how Ecosystems work;
  • Soil Biology.

In your second year you will engage in Plant based modules offering the following areas:

  • Climate change impacts on Plants;
  • Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and Abroad);
  • Agronomy and Crop Improvement;
  • Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics;
  • Aquatic Plants.

In your third year, subject areas offered include:

  • Applied Plant Science (Forage Grass Breeding, Energy Crops, Biotechnology);
  • Plant Pathogens;
  • Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and abroad);
  • Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics;
  • Crop and Grassland Production;
  • Agricultural and Environmental Systems.

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include: Plant Physiology; Plant Genetics; Plant Cell Biology; The Biosphere; Understanding how Ecosystems work; Soil Biology. In...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through;

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Field notebooks
  • Exams

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through; Essays Practical exercises Oral presentations Worksheets Reports Statistical exercises Dossiers Posters Portfolios Wikis Reflective...

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