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Plant Science

Rice plants 

Plant science impacts a wide range of industries from agri-food to pharmaceuticals, but have you thought about how you want to use the skills and knowledge you are developing when you graduate?

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What skills will I gain during my degree?

Depending on which degree pathway you are following you will be developing a range of valuable skills.

  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate findings and results to a range of audiences  
  • Ability to analyse data taking a methodological approach
  • Problem solving skills
  • High levels of accuracy and good attention to detail
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to working collaboratively in teams

Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies

You will also develop 12 competencies which have been  divided into these four headings:

  • Fundamental skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal aspiration and development
  • Professional responsibility

Explore the Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies

 

How can I develop my skills and experience during my degree?

Gain work experience

Year in Industry

Why not take an optional industry placement, between years two and three of your degree? This will extend your degree to a four-year programme.

Year in Industry

Summer school for first years

Just for you! The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School gives you the opportunity to hear from leading scientists and attend career sessions.  Listen to previous years lectures.

Gatsby Plant Science Summer School

Summer internships

Summer internships are also a great way to gain experience, whether in science or non-science based roles. Search for roles:

My Career - internships from companies targeting Nottingham students

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Sources of vacancies for internships

Summer research placements

Summer research placements through the School of Biosciences , these depend on the research being conducted, but it is worth approaching the academic staff working in the area of research that you are interested in.

There are also other sponsored opportunities and funding for summer research placements through organisations such as the BBRSC.

Royal Society of Biology - undergraduate studentships

Plant Health Undergraduate Studentships

Wellcome Trust - Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

Get involved in Students' Union activities

Involvement in relevant SU activities including volunteering, sports clubs and societies will always look good on your CV.

Conservation Society

Sustainability Society

STEM Outreach - student society

Volunteering

 
 
Join the Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers a range of modules to help you expand, develop and evidence your skills and experience during your time at university. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia, there's something for everyone.

If you’re thinking of moving into consultancy after graduation, the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge module will help you develop and demonstrate all the right skills.

Nottingham Advantage Award - find out more and explore the modules on offer

 

What are the range of careers I could enter?

Plant science graduates often go on to work in a wide variety of fields such as research and development, green energy and biofuels, industrial biotechnology, conservation, agriculture as well as education and science communication.

Here are some examples of the graduate positions our plant science students moved onto:

  • Graduate technical manager at a fruit marketing company
  • Research scientist and a laboratory researcher at a statutory levy board
  • Trainee plant breeder at a plant breeding and food production company
  • Research biologist at a crop science company

What are my further study options?

A large proportion of our plant scientists progress into further study. Many graduates choose to build on their undergraduate qualification by undertaking a related masters course or PhD. 

  • PhD Plant Sciences
  • PhD Molecular Biosciences
  • MSc Crop Sciences,
  • MSc Global Food Security
  • MSc Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Biotechnology

Search for further courses and find out about funding

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