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What makes Plant Science at Worcester special?

This course is no longer running. Please see our other Science and the Environment courses. 

Plants are crucial to a surprisingly large number of processes on our planet. They stand at the base of nearly every food chain, and are instrumental in the production of clothing, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and even plastics. With an ever-increasing global population, and an increasingly unstable climate, plant sciences are more important now than ever before.

At Worcester you can explore how plants grow, develop, reproduce, evolve, fight off pests and diseases, and interact with and respond to their environment.

Key features

  • Strong foundation for a future career in the field or in academic research, with 25% of our graduates moving on to PhD study
  • New laboratories and specialist equipment – an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas
  • Benefit from working alongside the University's Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, a world-leading authority on molecular biology, microbiology and immunology
Study Plant Science at the University of Worcester

Taster days

A Biological Science taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Biological Science taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email or complete this enquiry form.

Upcoming taster days:

Tuesday 8th May 2018, 10am - 2pm

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another science, maths or statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology.

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences


  • Basis of Biological Surveying 
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Environmental Issues Past and Present
  • Classification and Species Identification
  • An Introduction to Sustainability 
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 

Year 2


  • Plant Biology
  • Project and Career Development
  • Molecular Genetics and Conservation


  • Work Experience in Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Field Techniques and Identification Skills
  • Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Plant Development and Physiology
  • Adaptations to Extreme Environments
  • Residential Environmental Field Course


  • Work Experience
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Extension Module in Biological Sciences 
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Project Management 
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change

Student's view

Tom Welsh talks about his experiences studying Plant Sciences at Worcester.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply key knowledge and concepts in Plant Science to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area as well as appreciating novel uses for more traditional methods in Plant Science.
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research.
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Plant Science.
  • Develop and apply approaches for problem solving; e.g.  when constructing an effective research project or maximising the opportunity that your CV will be shortlisted.

Teaching approach

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study.
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability.
  • Double modules to allow key development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills.
  • An extended induction allows the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them.
  • Three special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability.
  • Regular Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to guide and support your studies

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Lorraine Weaver

    Lorraine is Head of Biological Sciences and has a range of interests, from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

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    Dr Rob Herbert

    Rob is Head of Applied Sciences within the Institute of Science & the Environment at Worcester University.

  • Professor Mahmut Tör

    Professor Mahmut Tör

    Mahmut is Chair of Molecular Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Worcester.

    In addition to being an active researcher Mahmut leads on a number of undergraduate modules.


Where could it take you?

This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths, including nature conservation, wildlife warden, work for the public sector and environmental consultancies as well as progression to higher degrees such as PhD.

As a Plant Scientist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based vegetation analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics.

You will also learn how to gather environmental or physiological data in the laboratory and/or the field using logging equipment, controlled environment cabinets and a range of physiological monitoring devices.

Plant Scientists, who can solve problems, look at evidence and make measured and reasoned arguments, are not only required in scientific fields but also in other fields - such as the media, retailing and finance - to ensure there is a balanced view relating to new technology and that any risks are neither under nor over stated.

There is also a need for people to be able to explain these scientific arguments in 'lay-mans' terms, not only in teaching but also in a wide range of other vocations.

Worcester Plant Science graduates are working in Primary and Secondary Teaching, Forensic Science, the Police Force, the Fire Service, Scientific and Environmental Research, the Environment Agency, Ecological Consultancy, Banking, IT and the retail trade to name a few.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

As part of the course we organise a residential field trip to the South of France.  Accommodation and travel is paid for by the University, but you will need to finance passports and your food.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Plant Science BSc (Hons) (Single Honours) C210 BSc/BPS 


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Head of Biological Sciences

Lorraine Weaver
01905 855598

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23