Plant Biology (with integrated year in industry)

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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. 

Course Overview

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

  • 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 suits 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 September start - 2022

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Agronomy and Crop Improvement BR20320 20
Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems BR21120 20
Controlled Environment Crop Production and Horticulture BR23520 20
Ecological Surveying BR21420 20
Research Methods BR27520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Aquatic Botany BR25820 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Integrated Year in Industry BRS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Frontiers in Plant Science BR35820 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
Research Project BR36440 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR37120 20
Crop and Grassland Production Science BR37220 20
Terrestrial Ecology Fieldcourse BR36620 20
The Agri-Environment BR30420 20
Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation (Trec) Field Course BR30120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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:

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, If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Course Content

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

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD-DDM in a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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