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Plant Biology & Biotechnology

MSc Plant Biology & Biotechnology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Government and private companies are working to develop new ways to improve existing food and animal feed crops, and to develop novel crops to meet future challenges. Graduates of this one-year MSc will be equipped with the knowledge and skills in these recent advances to rise to the future challenges in academia, industry and policy development. Innovation and entrepreneurship permeate the course as central themes and, in addition, a specific module on entrepreneurship in plant biology is delivered. 

- Outstanding diversity of topics and approaches in plant biology research, covering developments in genetics, cell biology, biotechnology and plant environment interactions.

- High-profile, research-oriented faculty and lectures.

Entry requirements

• This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in an appropriate life science discipline. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates will have a distinct advantage when applying for PhD studentships or other more advanced graduate training in the area of plant biology and biotechnology.

This MSc is ideal for graduates interested in pursuing scientific careers in academia, agriculture and plant-science based or biotechnology industries. Graduates will have opportunities to pursue postgraduate education and research and work in areas such as plant biotechnology, scientific journalism/publishing and for government agencies involved in governmental and non-governmental policy.

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MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) JanPT
MSc Environmental Science FT
MSc Biotechnology FT
MSc Biotechnology & Business FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Dr Carl Ng
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 2250

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Current Developments in Plant Biology
Entrepreneurship & Plant Biotechnology
Research Project

Stage 1 - Option
Plant Diseases: Biology and Control
Plant Pathology and Biotechnology
Biological Imaging
Diversity of Plant Form & Function
Plant Growth & Nutrient Assimilation
Ecological Significance of Different Photosynthetic Pathways
Plant-Atmosphere Climate Interactions
Plants and Stress
Future Crops and Food Security
Plant Cell Biology
Developmental Plant Genetics
Programmed Cell Death in Plants
Cell Signalling in Plants
Crop Breeding I
Peatlands and Environmental Change
Insect-Plant Interactions
Biological Invasions


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The UCD MSc Plant Biology & Biotechnology programme is suitable for the majority of life sciences graduates who wish to develop their skills in Plant Biology, particularly in recent developments in genetics, biotechnology, climate change, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biotic and abiotic stress responses.

Facilities and Resources
UCD Rosemount Environmental Research Station
Controlled plant growth facility and bioreactors
Plant Metabolomics Technology Platform
Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Facility

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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