Crop Science Centre

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New M.Phil. Biological Sciences (Crop Science) course is now accepting applications


The new MPhil Biological Sciences (Crop Science) brings together leading experts in a once in a lifetime course that will change the way you think. The one-year course will train future leaders in crop science to take creative approaches to global food security and will prepare students for multiple career paths, including competitive PhD positions and research-based positions in Agritech. The training in wide-ranging transferable skills will be valuable for students pursuing careers in science policy and governance, social science, science communication, and non-research based positions in Agritech and international charitable bodies.

Divided into two parts – a taught component in which students will study crop development, metabolism and physiology, plant-biotic interactions, crop improvement, and investigate the future of sustainable agriculture, followed by an eight month research project – the course will explore new ways of thinking about what agriculture should be in 2050 and how we might get there.

'Solving the challenges facing global agriculture requires a global, innovative and interdisciplinary approach.’, said Prof Ian Henderson, course Director. 'Our course is tailored to provide exactly this training to the next generation of crop scientists, and to provide a springboard for their careers into diverse areas, including research, science policy and science communication’.

The course draws on the department’s expertise that is concentrated at the Crop Science Centre, a joint initiative between the Department of Plant Sciences and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). Students will be able to benefit from NIAB’s expertise and the synergies present at the Centre.

'We are seeking to recruit the brightest and most committed young crop scientists from any background, both within the UK and internationally. Candidates should have a degree in a relevant area of science, and a burning desire to make a difference to global agriculture.’, said Prof Henderson.
The deadline for applications is 5th January 2023. Candidates will be shortlisted and invited for interview by 12th January and offers made by 2nd February.


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