BSc

Plant Biology (with integrated year in industry)

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

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Key Facts

Code C202
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our degree in Plant Biology with integrated year in industry.  This course has been developed to give you a competitive edge in the jobs market by responding to employer expectations that you have some relevant industrial experience. Upon successful completion of this degree, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and the professional awareness that employers will want. 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 the humanity including food shortages and responding to rising greenhouse gas emissions. Never before has there been such urgency to train you the new generation of plant biologists who can develop future technologies and approaches to respond to these challenges. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree Why study Plant Biology with integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth?

  • Be a student in a University that is top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017)
  • A syllabus that includes an integrated year in industry in addition to identical content from the three year sister course BSc Plant Biology (C200).
  • The option to take on paid or voluntary work.
  • You will be provided with guidance and advice from our Director for Employability on how you will find relevant work for a period of up to twelve months.
  • The option of transferring to three year BSc Plant Biology C200 course if you do not find an opportunity that suites you.
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee of which the information can be found here 
  • Receive expert training in field and laboratory skills taught by world-leading experts in the field.
  • Flourish and develop your skills in our modern teaching and research facilities.
  • All students have access to the Biological Service Unit, Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Unit, Modelling laboratory, the Computational Biological laboratory, Advanced Microscopy and Bio-imaging Laboratory.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life BR15320 20
Ecology * BR13510 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Soils and their Management BR14910 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10
The Biosphere BR13210 10
The Development and Management of British Habitats * BR10810 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Agronomy and Crop Improvement BR20320 20
Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems BR21120 20
Ecological Surveying * BR21420 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Aquatic Botany BR25820 20
Arctic Ecology Field Course BR23620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience BRS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Communicating Research * BR31710 10
Crop and Grassland Production Science BR32020 20
Dissertation * BR32330 30
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
The Agri-Environment BR30420 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR31420 20
Conservation Genetics * BR31810 10
Terrestrial Ecology Field Course BR33110 10
Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation (Trec) Field Course BR30120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Students can engage in careers in the following areas:

  • Horticultural / Agricultural production
  • Habitat surveying and Conservation
  • Education and public engagement
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Consultancy
  • Plant research –graduate positions
  • Ph.D. research 

Your year in industry:

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 on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, jpc11@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Teaching & Learning

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

Your first year will provide a broad grounding in biology, and training in the skills needed to succeed in your studies. Subject areas covered will include:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • The Biosphere
  • Understanding how Ecosystems work
  • Soil Biology

In your second year you will engage in Plant based modules offering the following areas:

  • Climate Change impacts on Plants
  • Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and Abroad)
  • Agronomy and Crop Improvement
  • Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Aquatic Plants

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that relates to your degree in Plant Biology. If you are unable to obtain work experience, then you will simply transfer to the sister course BSc Plant Biology C200.

In your final year, subject areas offered include:

  • Applied Plant Science (Forage Grass Breeding, Energy Crops, Biotechnology)
  • Plant Pathogens
  • Plant ID and Ecological Surveying (UK and abroad)
  • Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics
  • Crop and Grassland Production
  • Agricultural and Environmental Systems

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. Assessment will through:

  • Practical exercises
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Online quizzes
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Field notebooks
  • Exams

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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