University of Leeds
Plant Science and Biotechnology MSc
University of Leeds

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Develop your expertise in molecular plant science and its application Unprecedented progress has been made in the study of plant biology with the development of new tools and technologies. This knowledge contributes to development of sustainable solutions to many major challenges of the 21st century such as food, energy and materials.

A large part of your teaching will be delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) linked to the latest research in their areas of expertise. You will gain specialist training from these leading experts in the modern molecular aspects of plant science and its application to plant biotechnology.

You’ll study in a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Links with industry Our strong links with industry are designed to help you to succeed. We have a proactive Industrial Advisory Board who advise us on what they look for in graduates and on employability-related skills within our courses.

We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees taught
    • no components less than 6.0
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees research
    • no components less than 5.5
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • No components less than 5.5

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Plant Science and Biotechnology, MSc.

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in all components.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is a government funded research university based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The main campus is situated approximately one mile north of Leeds city centre, and is also close to the popular student neighbourhoods of Hyde Park, Woodhouse, and Headingley.

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