MSc in Global Plant Health

The Sainsbury Laboratory runs a one-year taught MSc in Global Plant Health.

Applications for entry in September 2022 are now closed. We’ll start interviewing candidates for entry in September 2023 in the autumn of 2022.

Due to delays in UK visas being issued coupled with the additional time required to process an unusually high number of applications, the University of East Anglia decided to close applications to international students for all postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2022 on 24 July 2022. We appreciate these unexpected circumstances, beyond the control of TSL, will be disappointing to those applying to this course in the last week of July. Please consider applying for the course next year.

You will learn about integrated solutions to emerging plant pathogens, which are rooted in the science of molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant immunity, microbial pathogenesis and data science. You will also learn the leadership and management skills required to make a difference on the ground. We adopt innovative teaching methods that encourage active and independent learning with less emphasis on traditional didactic lectures. You will deepen your learning in the last module of the course by working on a scenario-based research project.

Photograph showing the MSc study space at TSL

Dedicated MSc study space at TSL

You will be taught by TSL’s world-leading researchers including Professor Nick Talbot FRS, Professor Sophien Kamoun FRS, Professor Jonathan Jones FRS, Professor Wenbo Ma, Professor Cyril Zipfel, Professor Dan MacLean, Dr Matthew Moscou, Dr Peter van Esse, Dr Frank Menke and international guest speakers involved in global plant health. Three of these researchers are in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list of the top 1% scientists on the globe. You will also learn from our staff scientists, research students and post-doctoral workers.

David Sainsbury International MSc Scholarships in Global Plant Health

We encourage you to secure your own scholarships. If you are unable to cover the full cost of your studies and you come from one of the least-developed, other low-income or lower-middle-income countries, TSL offers the prestigious David Sainsbury International Full MSc Scholarship in Global Plant Health to a limited number of applicants on a competitive basis. The Full Scholarship can fund up to the full cost of the course and living expenses. All applicants from other countries will be considered for a 10% Fee Scholarship on a competitive basis. See our Scholarships page for more details.

“The David Sainsbury Scholarship has granted me a rare opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies at a world-leading research institute. My stay at TSL is so rewarding and keeps me fascinated in the science.” - Mark-Jave Bautista

“The David Sainsbury Scholarship has enabled me to continue exploring my curiosity in the world of plant science. I have learned so much more than anticipated, covering plant-microbe interactions to the management of plant disease on a global scale.” - Tantawat Nardwattanawong

Other sources of funding

Chevening Scholarships make up the UK government’s global scholarship programme. They are open to students from 160 countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia. The scholarships offer full financial support for students looking to study for a master’s degree at a UK university. See the Chevening website for more details and Scholarship application deadlines (typically November).

The British Society of Plant Pathology MSc/MRes Bursary Scheme awards bursaries to support students undertaking courses with a significant plant pathology content, such as our MSc in Global Plant Health. Please see the BSPP Bursary Scheme webpage for more details and Bursary application deadlines (typically June).

If you are a UK national and normally live in England, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan, which can help with course fees and living costs. See the UK Government website for more details about eligibility.

Photograph showing the MSc study space at TSL

Seminar/lecture area in the dedicated MSc study space at TSL

Integration with a diverse community of scientists

You will be integrated in the diverse TSL research community with a base in our newly refurbished MSc study area within the TSL building. The study area includes seminar space as well as desk space with IT infrastructure for each MSc student. You will have a “buddy” assigned to you who is an early career researcher at TSL who will be able to support you throughout the course. You will attend the weekly TSL research seminars and are encouraged to attend other seminars hosted by us and our partner institutions across the Norwich Research Park. TSL is relatively small institution that is focussed on scientific excellence with a strong emphasis on collaboration and mutual support. This creates a dynamic environment in which to enjoy the things we love to do.

Careers

You will be equipped with the skills and attributes to allow you to pursue a career in research, including via PhDs locally or elsewhere, agribiotechnology, or policy making in diverse national and international organisations involved in managing and responding to plant disease.

Student Visa-holders may be eligible for a Graduate Visa after successfully completing a degree course.

https://www.gov.uk/student-visa

https://www.gov.uk/graduate-visa

See also the UEA Visa Advice webpages.

https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/international-students/visa-advice

What our students say about the course

“If you're applying for this program, the first thing that you should have is your passion about plant and microbial science. The best thing about the course is that we are exposed to different researchers in science that are top tier in the world.” - Mark-Jave Bautista

“Being at TSL has given me a greater launch pad. Apply for this if you're really interested in studying all about plant-microbe interactions. It's an exciting place to be.” - Vidya Shivakumaraswamy

“I applied for this course because it's a unique opportunity. It's a good environment to be here. People are very supportive, and I do learn a lot. It's the best place to learn about plant health, isn't it?” - Tantawat Fame Nardwattanawong

If you want to know more about the course from our current students, please email them directly.

Mark-Jave.Bautista@tsl.ac.uk

Vidyashree.Shivakumaraswamy@tsl.ac.uk

Tantawat.Nardwattanawong@tsl.ac.uk


Apply through the University of East Anglia

You will register for your degree at the University of East Anglia (UEA) through the School of Biological Sciences. UEA offers accommodation on their campus, which is part of the wider Norwich Research Park in which TSL is also situated. Overseas postgraduate students new to UEA who apply early enough are usually given priority for a place to stay on campus.

Whatever your funding source, you must satisfy the entry requirements for this course, including demonstrating a high internationally competitive academic standard, and a commitment to active learning and independent study.

Please see the UEA course page on the MSc in Global Plant Health for all details of the course, eligibility and how to apply.

For academic enquiries to the Course Director, Professor Stephen Bornemann FRSB FRSC, or general enquiries to the Course Administrator, Margaret Bush, please email msc@tsl.ac.uk

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