Wageningen University and Research

Plant Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    17600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

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 challenging domain: Plant Biotechnology.

The Plant Biotechnology Master at Wageningen University and Research is truly a research master that perfectly suits students with a bachelor degree in Biology or a bachelor degree in another laboratory oriented education.

Future career

Graduates in Plant Biotechnology are university-trained professionals. Their main career focus will be on research and development positions at universities, research institutes and biotech or agribusiness companies.

Other job opportunities can be found in the fields of policy, advice and communication in agribusinesses and governmental and non-governmental organisations. Most graduates in Plant Biotechnology (more than 75%) start their (academic) career with a PhD.

Programme Structure

Specialisations

Within the master programme you can choose one of the followingSpecialisationsto meet your personal interests.

  • Functional Plant Genomics
  • Plants for Human and Animal Health
  • Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Deadline for international applicants who wish to qualify for NFP (September enrolment): January 15.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Plant Sciences, (Molecular) Life Sciences, Biotechnology or related fields.
  • 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

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    17600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.