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The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Plant Sciences


Taking IB Plant & Microbial Sciences doesn't restrict you to studying plants in Part II, but instead provides an excellent background to take microbiological, genetic, ecological, zoological and biochemical Part II courses. If you were to carry on with Plant Sciences however, your employment prospects on graduating would be excellent.

Data provided by the University's Careers Service show that a variety of employment has been taken up in recent years by our graduates. Almost half have gone on to do post-graduate research (both at universities and research institutes).

A number of our graduates have secured employment in the pharmaceutical industry, indicating that you don't have to be trained in animal biology to go into medically-related research. In addition, our teaching in plant biotechnology and microbiology will ensure that careers in these rapidly-expanding fields will be open to our graduates.


Alumni after Part II Plant Sciences