Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Plant pathology
Institution(s): Harper Adams University
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course duration: 1 year full-time (2+ years part-time)
Course start date (2022): September 19th
Number of students admitted to course per annum and number/proportion studying plant health or crop science: 5-10 (100% plant health)
Application deadline(s): 1st July (international students); 1st September (UK students); 30th June normal deadline for BSPP bursaries
Admissions criteria: BSc (Hons) 2:2
Type of funding available: BSPP Bursary £4000 and Industry Bursary £4000
Course description: The course covers applied plant pathology so the key subject areas are pathogen biology, epidemiology, diagnostics and control. The biology and epidemiology of all pathogen taxonomic groups (viroids, viruses, bacteria, fungi, oomycetes and nematodes) are covered; traditional and molecular diagnostics; and all components of integrated pest management (cultural control, biological control, chemical control, host resistance and decision support systems). The course is delivered as one or two week block modules with typically 50% practicals and 50% lectures. The University is situated on a working farm so we have ready access to fields for crop walking. Projects are supported by excellent laboratory, glasshouse and field trial facilities.
Potential Supervisors: Dr Martin Hare; Dr Matthew Back, Prof Dawn Arnold, Prof Simon Edwards. There is also potential to conduct projects at a research institute (eg Forest Research)
Examples of career paths followed by graduates from this course: Graduates either go on to conduct a PhD or start graduate jobs in the plant health sector. These include careers with research companies (eg Fera Sciences Ltd), plant breeding or agrochemical companies or within government departments (Defra), research institutes (eg Rothamsted) or agencies (eg Forestry England).