Plant Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


The Master of Science in Plant Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Are you interested in agriculture and horticulture, ecological agriculture or plant biology and the effect of climate and environment on growth and quality?

Health aspects of plants and food?

What can you use this qualification for?

Work opportunities include managerial positions in environment or agriulture.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.

Short description

The programme provides specialization in agriculture, horticulture, plant biology or plant pathology. You can choose between three study options:

  • Plant Production Systems
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Pathology

Programme Structure

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

The specialisation i Plant Pathology is a cooperation between the Nordic countries and is focusing on plant health and plant protection Choice of electives provides the possibility for individual adjustments in the study programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    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: 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

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free National


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