Crop Improvement PGDip

  
  

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Qualification
PGDip Crop Improvement
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
At least a second class honours degree in any Biological, Chemical or Physical Science subject (e.g. Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Genetics, Food Sciences, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Physics).
Other requirements
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Sutton Bonington Campus
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course examines crop improvement through advances in resource use efficiency and modern crop improvement and breeding techniques.
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This course examines crop improvement through advances in resource use efficiency, and modern crop improvement and breeding techniques.

Focusing upon the understanding of plant to crop systems, and with an emphasis on research training, the course is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue careers in research institutes, plant breeding, agro-industry and advance to higher research degree (Msc and PhD) study.

Whilst the course is based at the School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, students will have an opportunity to see practical aspects of agriculture in other parts of the UK through visits to growers, farms, research stations and other academic institutions.

Key facts

  • The University has one of the largest Plant and Crop Sciences groups in the UK, based at the Sutton Bonington Campus. Students have an exciting opportunity to study with world renowned researchers in this important and rapidly advancing field which offers major career opportunities in agro-industry, academia and research institutes.
  • The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science ) was judged to be of international quality. 
  • Specialist facilities include modern glasshouses and controlled environment growth rooms in which plants and tissue cultures can be raised, together with excellent facilities for fieldwork . The school also has a Tropical Crops Research Unit in which computer controlled glasshouses are available for research on a range of tropical species.
 

Course details

The PGDip requires 120 credits for completion. The course is the same as the Masters degree, without the research project module. Please see this page for details.

 
 

Modules

The course is the same as the masters degree, without the Research Project module. Please see this page for details.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

UK/EU students

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Some example careers include:

  • Crop Scientist within the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – Africa
  • Crop Trials Research Manager
  • Research posts in Government Agriculture Departments
  • Agronomist
  • Technical and Sales positions in the Agro-Food Industry

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and 
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and 
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills 
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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