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Postgraduate Plant Biotechnology

Overview

Plant Biotechnology encompasses plant physiology, plant biochemistry and plant molecular biology. Plant scientists in Botany and Biochemistry teach the structure and function of the whole plant and how to apply biochemistry, molecular genetics and plant breeding techniques to manipulate plants of agronomic importance.

Students with a BSc in Plant Biotechnology may take a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) which includes either PLBI 480 Research Project or a PLBI 490 Dissertation. Students completing their diploma with a PLBI 480 research project are eligible to progress to a one-year thesis-only MSc degree, while students completing their diploma with a PLBI 490 research project may proceed to either a one-year thesis-only MSc degree or a PhD degree.

The PGDipSci programme also includes the same 400-level course work as set out for the Honours year. Admission to MSc and PhD degrees is subject to obtaining a suitable standard in your PGDipSci with the qualification being awarded with credit or distinction.

Students with a BSc in Plant Biotechnology may also take a two-year MSc degree. The first year of this programme includes the same 400-level papers as the Honours year, but PLBI 490 Dissertation is replaced by PLBI 495 Master's Thesis Preparation. The second year is then a thesis-only year.

Students with a suitable Honours degree, MSc, or PGDipSci, who wish to obtain a PhD, do so by being admitted to the PhD programme of either the Department of Botany or the Department of Biochemistry.

Further information

Please contact the Plant Biotechnology programme coordinator:

Professor Julian Eaton-Rye
Department of Biochemistry
Tel 64 3 479 7865
Email julian.eaton-rye@otago.ac.nz
Web biochem.otago.ac.nz/plbi