Aberystwyth University

51-75 th
European Teaching Rankings 2018
301–350 th
World University Rankings 2018
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Plant Biology (with integrated year in industry)

Kick-start and enhance your career prospects by choosing our degree in Plant Biology with an integrated year in industry. This course has been developed to give you a competitive edge in the careers market by responding to employer expectations that you will have some relevant industrial experience. Upon successful completion of this degree, you will have gained the knowledge, skills and the professional awareness that employers require. The scheme focuses on plants as an essential foundation for life on earth; their value to our daily lives; the crucial future role of plant biology in helping to solve some of the most serious problems facing humanity including food shortages and rising greenhouse gas emissions. You will study in a University that is in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). On this course you will receive expert training in the field and laboratory skills taught by world-leading experts in this field. You will have access to extensive research and teaching labs equipped with the latest equipment, including bioimaging facilities, high-throughput DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and spectroscopic platforms. We also ensure that our graduates have the skills to communicate their science effectively, so that they can join the often controversial genetics debates. The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Plant Biology (C200).Your work experience must be relevant to this degree as it will be assessed and will count towards your degree grade. You will organise your work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. If you cannot obtain a placement, you must transfer to the sister course BSc Plant Biology C200). In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating. Students who have studied this course could consider a career in: Horticultural/ Agricultural production; Habitat surveying; Education and public engagement; Plant Breeding; Plant Biotechnology; Consultancy; Plant Research and Ph.D research. Never before has there been such a need to train a new generation of plant biologists who can develop future technologies and approaches to respond to these challenges.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Sandwich including industrial placement
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site (Aberystwyth),Aberystwyth
  • Fees & Finances
  • International Year 1 £15,000