Plant Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The Master of Science in Plant Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) programmeprovides specialization in agriculture, horticulture, plant biology or plant protection.


What can you use this qualification for?

Work opportunities include managerial positions in environment or agriculture. 

With the Master of Science in Plant Science offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) you will be qualified for governmental, communal or private sectors as a manager, adviser/consultant, PhD-student, researcher, lecturer (with pedagogic). You can work internationally, in UN organisations like FAO, and NORAD.

What will you learn?

Students will learn about flowers, fruits, berries, vegetables and cereal. Understanding of plants function, and how the environment and climate effects on their functions. Genetics and molecular methods. Plant health and plant protection.

A candidate who has completed the programme is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills:


  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and knowledge of plants, plant production, biodiversity, growth factors, ecology and environmental impact associated with use of plants for food, feed or for ornamental and aesthetic purposes.
  • Display a thorough knowledge of issues in the entire value chain and have specialization in certain disciplines of plant science.
  • Identify problems and present solutions related to agriculture, crop production, urban greening and farmland.


  • Apply knowledge to contribute to development, innovation and use of land area and plants in a sustainable manner, within an area of specialization.
  • Apply knowledge in new areas, work independently and collaborate across disciplines with practical and theoretical issues. Analyze and understand methods and theories related to the interaction between plants and growth factors and climate impacts on plants.
  • Analyze scientific issues on the basis of the history, traditions, character of the field, and societal needs
  • Be able to use relevant methods and carry out advanced projects.
  • Analyze, structure and think critically about information sources and scientific literature in the field.


  • Impact of plant use in a national and global context, at present and in a future perspective.
  • Master communication, team work and cooperation academically, national and international.
  • Engage in public debate in a professional manner, while maintaining respect and humility for the opinions of others.
  • Conduct an independent and limited research under the guidance and with a reflected ethical stance on global imbalances with regard to the exploitation of resources.
  • Communicate independent work in academic fora using Norwegian and English terminology within the academic field.
  • Should be able to participate in discussions within their specialization with specialists and the general public.

Programme Structure

You can choose between three study options:

Plant Production Systems, Plant Biotechnology and Plant Protection

Plant Production Systems, focusing on:

  • Flowers, fruits, berries and vegetables
  • Cereal, fibre and oil plants and diverse fodder plants
  • Environmentally sustainable growing methods
  • Physiological processes in plants, affected by external conditions (nutrients, temperature, light and daylength)
  • How plant breeding are used to meet the marked

Plant Biotechnology, focusing on:

  • Understanding of plants function, and how the environment and climate effects on their functions
  • Genetics and molecular methods

Plant Protection, focusing on:

  • Biology of plant pests, diseases and weeds
  • Methods and strategies for protecting plants from pest organisms and reducing competition from weeds

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


    • Theapplication period is 15 October - 1 December.


    • Theapplication portalopens 15 February -15 April forearly admission,1 June for regular.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    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

Bachelors degree in plant science, biology, biotechnology or equivalent education that includes basic knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, plant physiology, and natural sciences.

Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland can provide documentation of financial ability, i.e. a minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses foreach academic year in Norway.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

There are no tuition fees at NMBU. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.


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