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Offered By: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Crop Biotechnology may be studied full-time for 1 year or part-time over a longer period to gain an MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate. These courses are targeted at those individuals who wish to pursue a career or to advance their existing career in academic and/or research institutes, biotech- or agro-industry. For those who already have well-established careers, it is an opportunity to upgrade knowledge and qualifications through the fl exibility of part-time study.

This science and technology based course explores the application and future potential of plant biotechnology in crop production
systems. The course provides students with an advanced knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the theoretical, practical and transferable skills of crop biotechnology and allied biotechnologies. Students will graduate with the technical knowledge and practical skills required to undertake research and/or develop a leading career in the field of crop biotechnology, genome research and related agroindustries.

Studies focus on molecular biology and biotechnology for the improvement of plants and their products (including pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals) in tropical and temperate systems. The course also aims, through off-site visits, to widen awareness of the latest developments in, and requirements of, modern agro-industry as related to the exploitation of these technologies for a wide range of commercially important crops and horticultural plants.

Programme Structure
The MSc in Crop Biotechnology is a one-year course in which students study 60 credits of modules in two semesters (120 credits total) and then undertake a laboratory- or field-based research project (60 credits) on a full-time basis in the third semester.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Crop Biotechnology is a one-year course in which students study 120 credits of taught modules.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Crop Biotechnology is a one-year course in which students study 60 credits of taught modules.

Modules offered

  • Tissue Culture: Sexual and Somatic Genetics for Plant Improvement (10 credits)
  • Plant Genetic Manipulation - Practical Techniques (10 credits)
  • Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Plant Genetic Manipulation (10 credits)
  • Principles of Crop Science (10 credits)
  • Crop Research Techniques (10 credits)
  • Research Project I (10 credits)
  • Crop Protection: New Perspectives (10 credits)
  • Tropical Crops (10 credits)
  • Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants (10 credits)
  • Current Issues in Crop Biotechnology (10 credits)
  • Experimentation and Computing (10 credits)
  • Research Project II (10 credits)
  • Research Project III (Full-time Research Project, 60 credits)

Admission Requirements
Candidates will usually be expected to have a first degree (minimum of second class) in an agricultural, biological or other relevant science from a university recognised by the University of Nottingham. Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to the courses.

English Language Requirement
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have a degree from a UK, US or Australian institution are normally required to produce evidence of their level of proficiency in English. Either IELTS minimum score of 6.0, or TOEFL minimum score of 550.