M.Sc. Plant Biotechnology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR16600 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
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| Wageningen, Netherlands
Wageningen UR offers the MSc in Plant Biotechnology which 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.
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Description

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.

After being admitted to the MSc Plant Biotechnology students have to choose a specialisation. The specialisation you choose determines the possible subjects of your thesis research (i.e. at which chair groups the research can be done) and which master courses you are required to take.

Choose your specialisation

Sometimes the options are limited by the type of BSc diploma or previous work experience. Some students know which specialisation they want right from the start. Others have more difficulties deciding on a specialisation. Our study advisors can help you in making this choice. The MSc Plant Biotechnology offers three specialisations:

  • Functional Plant Genomics
  • Plant for Human and Animal Health
  • Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology
Future Career

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

Job opportunities

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR16600 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme starts each year in September and February; 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.

Thesis

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.

Graduate Courses

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.

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.

Internship

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.

Audience

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.

English Language Requirements

Requirements

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
Relevant BSc degrees
Specific admission requirement for the MSc Plant Biotechnology is a bachelor's degree in Biology, Plant Sciences, (Molecular) Life Sciences, Biotechnology or related fields. For more information contact the programme director.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

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

No work experience is required.

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