Plant Sciences

MSc by Research

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

This programme is suitable for those wishing to carry out a short, in depth research project, and not attend taught programmes. The MSc by Research programmes consist of induction courses, an eight-month research project and a period to write it up. The degree is carefully tailored to your interests, and can be particularly suitable for people undertaking research in a work-based context wishing to gain an academic qualification.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Industry-based experience may be considered.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for students with UK fee status is set in line with the standard fee stipend provided by the UK Research Councils. The fee stipend for 2023/24 has not yet been set. For reference, the fee stipend for 2022/23 was full-time £4,596, part-time £2,298.

The international fee for new entrants in 2023/24 is full-time £24,530, part-time £12,265.

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Research Groups

Facilities

Postgraduate study is carried out in the Graduate School for the Environment. This is a collaboration between Lancaster University's Environment Centre, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Rothamsted Research.

Graduate School for the Environment

Read about the experiences of one of our recent graduates

Bailey Kretzler, Plant Sciences MSc by Research

The start of a career for Bailey

When did you know that Lancaster was the university for you?
The first time I met with my supervisors over Zoom and I realized how supportive they would be. I felt it most once I got to Lancaster though. The breadth of resources and people genuinely supporting you made it feel like a place I could succeed.

How has the research-based experience helped you in your career?
Before coming to Lancaster my research experience was minimal, so doing an MSc by Research helped me adjust to the academic world. I learned so much about time management that I still use today.

How did the Lancaster community help you in your studies?
The people at Lancaster were integral to my success. Most training I received was from fellow PhD students and Post-docs. Lancaster also offered in-house programs that helped me develop professional and technical skills like project management and R studio. Ultimately I published my research in the journal Agronomy.

What are you doing - or going to do - now that you have graduated?
I am in the first year of my PhD at the University of Vermont, and am hoping to work toward becoming a professor

Bailey Kretzler Plant Sciences MSc by Research

Students in Lancaster University's Alexandra Square

Postgraduate open day: Saturday 4 February 2023

Join us for our on-campus open day this February. Talk to our academic staff and get advice on the application process, fees and funding support.

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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