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Aims, objectives and outcomes

Course aims and learning outcomes

  • The aim of this course is to ensure that you can achieve an up-to-date level of understanding and competence that will serve as a lasting and practical basis for a career, for example, in research - whether industry, pure or applied biology, as well as teaching, publishing or management.
  • Our objective is to provide training in scientific and transferable skills through modular lecture courses, research projects, written work, seminars and supervisions.
  • At the end of the course you should have increased: your capacity to think critically; your competence to design and execute an experiment; your confidence in communicating ideas both in writing and orally.

Previous course requirements

We don't wish to be prescriptive about this. Plant and Microbial Sciences IB is not a course requirement. Our students in the past have come equipped with IB CDB, Ecology, HPS, BMB, Animal Biology, Geology, Pharmacology or Pathology. We schedule lectures so that you can also attend IB Plant and Microbial Sciences lectures if you wish to, and you will be able to access the IB PMS CamTools site.

Career opportunities

illus02.jpgPlant Sciences at Cambridge will become the most important centre for pure and applied plant science research within the UK. Career prospects and research opportunities arising from our Part II course offer an unrivalled channel into the Department and the new Sainsbury Institute in the Botanic Garden (a £90 million building and support for up to 120 plant scientists, opened in January 2011). We also have collaborations and links with local research institutes (Rothamsted Research, Harpenden and Brooms Barn, John Innes Institute, Norwich, and NIAB, Cambridge) and the plant breeding industry (co-ordinated through our Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences). In addition, we are associated with a number of regional initiatives promoting sustainable use of plant products and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. We also have unrivalled international contacts keen to set up collaborative opportunities and tasters for research should you take a gap year, whether in the North America, the tropics, Australia or throughout Europe.