Plant Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 17600
    Tuition (Year)
    2100
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
Wageningen UR offers the MSc in Plant Biotechnology.Due to rapid technological developments in the genomics, molecular biology and biotechnology, the use of molecular marker technology has accelerated the selection of new plant varieties with many desirable traits. It also facilitates the design, development and management of transgenic plants.
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About

Wageningen UR offers the MSc in Plant Biotechnology.At present, plants are increasingly used to produce valuable proteins and secondary metabolites for food and pharmaceutical purposes. New insights into the molecular basis of plant-insect, plant-pathogen and crop-weed relationships enable the development of disease-resistant plants and strategies for integrated pest management. A fundamental approach is combined with the development of tools and technologies to apply in plant breeding, plant pathology, post-harvest quality control, and the production of renewable resources.Besides covering the technological aspects, Plant Biotechnology also deals with the ethical issues and regulatory aspects, including intellectual property rights.

Your future career

The main career focus of graduates in Plant Biotechnology is in research and development positions at universities, research institutes, and biotech- or plant breeding companies. Other job opportunities can be found in the fields of policy, consultancy and communication in agribusiness and both governmental and non-governmental organisations. Over 75% of Plant Biotechnology graduates start their (academic) career with a PhD.

Programme Structure

Functional Plant Genomics
Functional genomics aims at understanding the relationship between an organism's genome andits phenotype. The availability of a wide variety of sequenced plant genomes has revolutionised insight into plant genetics. By combining array technology, proteomics, metabolomics andphenomics with bioinformatics, gene expression can be studied to understand the dynamic properties of plants and other organisms.
Plants for Human and Animal Health
Plants are increasingly being used as a safe and inexpensive alternative for the productionof valuable proteins and metabolites for food supplements and pharmaceuticals. This specialisationprovides a fundamental understanding of how plants can be used for the production of foreign proteins and metabolites. In addition, biomedical aspects such as immunology and food allergy, as well as nutritional genomics and plant metabolomics, can also be studied.
Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology
These technologies include improved molecular detection of pathogens and transgene methods to introduce resistance genes into crops.

Detailed Programme Facts

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        Apply until:

      • International

      • EEA

      • National

      Dates reflect the university's timezone.

    • Starting in

        Apply until:

      • International

      • EEA

      • National

      Dates reflect the university's timezone.

  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the selected programme;
  • Sufficient quality of the BSc degree as shown by an average mark of at least 7 (Dutch system), a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B/B+ (US system) or a classification as 2nd upper (UK system);
  • Good working knowledge of mathematics and/or statistics;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17600 International
  • EUR 2100 EEA
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