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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?


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?

Explore a 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

Try a summer internship

Summer internships are also a great way to gain experience, whether in science or non-science based roles. You can search for roles using the links below, but do also consider making targeted speculation applications to smaller companies who may not advertise all opportunities. 

My Career - internships from companies targeting Nottingham students

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Royal Society of Biology - placement opportunities 

IntoBiology placements page

For list of organisations offering work experience or internships in the lab visit - laboratory work

Find out more about summer research placements

Gaining research experience over the summer is particularly valuable if you are considering applying for a PhD after graduation. Summer research placements through the School of Biosciences, 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 can help you to develop and enhance skills that employers look for such as working in multidisciplinary teams, communicating scientific information to a non-science audience and consulting with local businesses.

Conservation Society

Sustainability Society

FInd societies that interest you


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 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


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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