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Suggested Long Vacation Background Reading for students wanting to take IBPMS

Students taking IB Plant and Microbial Sciences come from a variety of backgrounds and have done different combinations of IA courses. The course does not require any specific course, but students who have not done all of Biology of Cells, Physiology of Organisms, Evolution and Behaviour and Mathematical Biology may find it helpful to review this material over the long summer break. In order to access the course Moodle sites for the IA course you did not do, please email  and specify which course websites you require access to.

There is a summary of the IB PMS course (accessible by term on the left), and which the relevant lectures in each IA course are. IB lecture notes cannot be released in advance - you'll have to wait to actually start the course for that!

For each topic there is also a suggestion of a recent related review articles. None of the articles are compulsory reading, and you may well find them challenging (!) – they are intended to give you an flavour of the types of topics the IB PMS course covers rather than be something for you to understand every detail of.  We have tried to give you articles published in the last couple of years wherever possible to demonstrate how relevant the course is to contemporary research.

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.