-The School of Biosciences is one of the largest and strongest Schools of its kind in the UK.
-The School has consistently achieved high ratings in independent UK assessments of both research and teaching quality, receiving an RAE grade of 5A and 23/24 in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment.
-Specialist facilities include modern glasshouses and controlled environment growth rooms in which plants and tissue cultures can be raised, together with excellent facilities for fieldwork.
-The School also has a Tropical Crops Research Unit in which computer controlled glasshouses are available for research on a range of tropical species.
-While the course is based at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington Campus, you will have an opportunity to visit growers, research stations and other academic institutions
Through its taught modules and a research project, the course aims to give you an advanced knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the theoretical, practical and transferable skills of Crop Improvement and allied industries.
You will also develop an awareness of the latest developments and requirements of agro-industry in the area of Crop Improvement.
Finally, this course will give you the technical knowledge and practical skills required to undertake research and / or develop a leading career in the field of Crop Improvement and related agro-industries.
The current modules studied on this course are listed below:
-Resource Capture by Crops
-Principles of Crop Science
-Experimentation and Computing Techniques
-Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants
-Current Issues in Crop Science
-Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Plant Genetic Manipulation
-Plant Genetic Manipulation: Practical Techniques
-Crop Research Techniques
-World Crop Ecosystems
-Please note that all module details are subject to change.
Once you have completed the taught components of the course, you will undertake a 60-credit research project. This is an opportunity to complete a major piece of independent research under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
Throughout the project, particular emphasis is placed on the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results. You will be required to produce a typed, bound thesis of not more than 20,000 words in length.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Crop Improvement is delivered on a full-time basis over nine months or part-time over two years.
This course comprises 120 credits’ worth of taught modules, taken over the autumn and spring semesters.
The Postgraduate Diploma consists of specialist lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars. Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework (essays, practical reports and presentations) and written examinations.
Emphasis is given to practical research experience, experimentation in laboratory, field and controlled environments, techniques and instruments for measuring crops and their environments, computer based methods of data collection and analysis, and the interpretation and presentation of scientific information.