Wageningen University and Research

Plant Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    17600
    Tuition (Year)
    2100
    Tuition (Year)
  • 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 cannot do without plants.

Besides our own BSc students in Plant Sciences and BSc students in 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. Agriculture & Horticulture or Laboratory Research. Over 50% of all Plant Sciences master students in Wageningen come from abroad. 

The Plant Sciences are linked to a sector that is very important to the international economy. They are a field of biology that focuses on all aspects of crop production, ranging from plant breeding and the development of propagation methods to the production of food, food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, high quality products and raw materials. The Plant Sciences programme at Wageningen University and Research has been designed to help meet the worldwide demand for scientific expertise in the development of plant and crop production and farming systems. It not only covers the technological aspects of crop production, but also deals with important environmental, quality, health and socio-economic aspects. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the programme.

Future Career

Graduates in Plant Sciences 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.

Job opportunities

Graduates with a research focus are employed at universities, research institutes and biotech or agribusiness companies. Other job opportunities can be found in management, policy, consulting and communication in agribusiness and governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Programme Structure

The MSc Plant Sciences offers seven specialisations:

  • Biomass Production and Carbon Capture
  • Crop Science
  • Greenhouse Horticulture
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources
  • Plant Pathology and Entomology
  • Plant Breeding (online master specialisation)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

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  • 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 (Grade B): 173

    The FCE, or First Certificate in English, a certificate given for students who take the Cambridge English: First exam. To receive the certificate, test-takers must score between 122 and 190 on the Cambridge English: First test. Read more about FCE.

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

  • Minimum required score: 80

    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 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
  • 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 Per Year

    • EUR 17600 International
    • EUR 2100 EU/EEA

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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