Plants form the basis of life as they convert sunlight into an inexhaustible source of food and renewable raw materials. Plants also have a stabilising effect in (agro-) ecosystems, a landscape function and ornamental value. In a nutshell, we can't do without plants. Modern molecular biology has opened up a whole new range of techniques and possibilities to scientists working in the different fields of the classical plant sciences (e.g. plant physiology, plant breeding, plant pathology). The combination of these disciplines forms a brand new domain: Plant Biotechnology.
Due to rapid technological development in the plant sciences, genomics and molecular genetics, the use of molecular marker technology has accelerated the selection of new plant varieties with many favourable traits. It also facilitates the design, development and management of transgenic plants. Plant Biotechnology aims to impart understanding of the basic principles of the plant sciences and molecular biology, as well as the integration of these disciplines, to provide healthy plants in a safe environment for food, non-food, feed and health applications. Besides covering the technological aspects, Plant Biotechnology also deals with the most important environmental, quality, health, socio-economic and infrastructural aspects.
Wageningen University's MSc programme in Plant Biotechnology caters to several types of bachelor students, who wish to continue their studies at MSc level. Besides our own BSc students in Plant Sciences and BSc students in Biotechnology and Biology from our own and other Dutch universities, it also aims at Dutch students who hold a bachelor of professional education's degree in e.g. (Botanical) Laboratory Research, Biotechnology or Agri- and Horticulture. However the majority of Plant Biotechnology master students comes from abroad.
The programme starts each year in September; it has a duration of two years and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. Credits are measured in terms of the hours of study involved: one credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours. Most Wageningen MSc Programmes include the academic consultancy training and an academic internship.
The core of the programme, with a minimum of 36 credits, is a scientific research project which is concluded by writing a thesis. The subject of the thesis is developed in consultation with a senior staff member of Wageningen University. If the necessary facilities and technical guidance are available, part of the research work may - in some cases - be done in the home country or another country.
Preceding the thesis project, a selection of courses (at graduate level) will be composed for each individual student in accordance with the thesis topic, and related to the chosen specialisation. For more information on the courses offered in each of the specialisations, please refer to the online Study Handbook.
Academic Consultancy Training
During the academic consultancy traing (ACT), general academic skills and academic research and/or design skills are applied to a scientific area that is relevant to the Master study programme, in the form of an external research or design assignment. This may be design of new technologies, but also policy papers, business plans, communications or draft research plans are possiblities. This is done in an multidisciplinary team of four to seven students.
The internship is a learning period during which the relationship with professional practice is emphasised and usually lasts about four months. Some students can be exempted from the internship based on relevant working experience. If you believe you should be exempted from the internship, you need to contact the programme director.
Enrolment in an MSc Programme at Wageningen University requires:
A BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to your selected programme
A Grade Point Average (GPA) for this BSc of at least 70% of the maximum grade
Fluency in English, both written and spoken
Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics
Basic computer skills
No work experience is required.
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