Plant Breeding, M.Sc. in Netherlands

Wageningen University and Research

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 May 2019


Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of plant varieties for food, feed and industrial uses. New varieties have to meet current demands regarding yield, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems. Wageningen University and Research offers the Plant Breeding (online Master Specialisation) degree course.Plant Breeding involves a variety of aspects, ranging from the molecular level to the population level and requires knowledge on the physiology, ecology and genetics of cultivated plants. The use of various molecular techniques contributes enormously to the rapid identification of genes for natural resistance and is essential for accelerating the selection process by marker-assisted breeding.

Your future career

Graduates from the Master 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. 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.

Program Structure

Plant Breeding include:

  • Principles of Plant Breeding
  • Plant Pathology and Disease Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Wageningen Week Part 1
  • Advanced Statistics Distance Learning
  • Marker Assisted Selection
  • Quantitative & Population Genetics

Academic Requirements

  • Relevant BSc degree
  • Grade point average ( GP ) of 70%
  • Proficiency in English
  • Specific online master requirements

Detailed Program Facts

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