M.Sc. Plant Sciences

Wageningen University | Wageningen, Netherlands
Plant Sciences deals with crop production ranging from plant breeding to the development of sustainable systems for the production of food, pharmaceuticals and renewable resources. It is linked with a professional sector that is highly important to the world economy
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Description of Plant Sciences

The programme focuses on the principles of plant breeding, agro-ecology and plant pathology and the integration of these disciplines to provide healthy plants for food and non-food applications. Technological aspects of crop production are combined with environmental, quality, socio-economic and logistic aspects. Students learn to apply their knowledge to develop integrated approaches for sustainable plant production.

Your future career

Graduates in Plant Sciences have excellent career prospects and most of them receive job offers before graduation. They are university-trained professionals who are able to contribute to the sustainable development of plant production at various integration levels based on their knowledge of fundamental and applied plant sciences and their interdisciplinary approach. Graduates with a research focus are employed at universities, research institutes and plant breeding or agribusiness companies. Other job opportunities are in management, policy, consultancy and communication in agribusiness and (non-) governmental organisations.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch nationalities: December 1(Feb), July 15 (Sep); EU/EEA: December 1 (Feb), July 15(Sep); Non EU/EEA: April 20 (Feb), December 15 (Sep)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 16000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2000 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
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; 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.

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. The rest depends on 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 Training (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 possibilities. 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.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Plant Sciences

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

Work Experience for Plant Sciences

No work experience is required.

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