While it is obvious that plants support the continued existence of life on Earth, this course deals with far more than photosynthetic energy capture! The fascinating reproductive processes and global importance of non-flowering plants, and the increasingly important role of plants in biotechnology, are just two of the broad range of topics. The significance of plants in global ecosystems, and as providers of food, vaccines and raw materials for industry are also considered.
Field studies are an enjoyable part of our provision, and if you enter this degree course you attend a course on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, when the orchids are in bloom, at Easter in your first year. A summer field course builds on this in the second year, and you will attend this if you are not starting an industrial placement early to fit with field seasons.
The final year has no compulsory elements. Popular topics include Pollution and Plants, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Control of Growth and Reproduction in Plants.
- with a Modern Language
The joint language degrees involve a programme in which approximately two-thirds of your time is spent studying one of our single honours courses in bioscience. The remainder of your time is spent studying a language such as French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish.
- with Industrial/Professional Experience
These degree courses include a year spent in a professional setting. This setting is usually an industrial or international research organisation, undertaking pure or applied research and development.