The following institutions offer MSc level courses in plant breeding:
University of East Anglia/JIC
Plant genetics and crop improvement
University of Nottingham
BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships
The BBSRC ATPs offer flexible modular training leading to qualifications up to PhD level for individuals already employed in plant breeding companies.
ATPs relevant to plant breeding are offered by the following:
Nottingham University Advanced Agri-Food training partnership
Information about short courses relevant to plant breeding will be posted here.
Nottingham University summer school for GCSE students in Plants and Crops – Feeding the World
NIAB training courses in crop inspection, seed analysis etc
Gatsby plant science summer school
University of Wageningen international training in plant breeding
Intellectual Property Rights in seeds business
Plant variety protection
Plant genetic resources and seeds
NAKT Plant Variety Protection course
UPOV distance learning course – introduction to the UPOV system of plant variety protection
The Royal Society of Biology operates a professional register to support the development of biologists, providing science technicians with a clear pathway for career advancement. By joining a professional register, scientists increase their employability and show their dedication to gaining new skills.
Three levels of recognition are available, dependent upon experience: Registered Science Technician, Registered Scientist and Chartered Scientist, in addition to the RSB's existing Chartered Biologist status.
Formal qualifications are not required; statuses are awarded on the basis of competency. Continuing Professional Development activities necessary for inclusion in the registers could include training staff, learning new techniques, presenting at a conference and self-study in any area of biological interest.
For more information: http://www.rsb.org.uk/careers-and-cpd