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Master Programme in Plant Biology for Sustainable Production Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sweden

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Course info

Summary

Plant products are of great importance as food, feed, building materials, fibres and pharmaceutical drugs. This means that the knowledge of how plants function, their genetics and interaction with the environment is necessary for sustainable crop production and by extension for sustainable development. The programme is intended for national as well as international students who want to deepen their knowledge in plant biology in one of the four elective specialisations. The programme is taught entirely in English. The teaching on this programme is strongly geared towards preparing students for research, and all specialisations on the programme have links to strong research environments.

Have you ever thought about the basis of our food production, and how are we going to feed the projected population of 9.8 billion in 2050? Or how are we going to end the era of plastics and create a circular bio based economy where nothing goes to waste. Plants harbour many of the solutions to our pressing societal problems, but to fully exploit their potential we need a better understanding of how plants function, how plants respond to stress and how yield is determined. Modern biology provides tools which allow us to investigate the molecular machinery responsible for biomass accumulation and crop yield in ever increasing detail. This coupled with new monitoring techniques at field scale allows integration of molecular biology with field ecosystem responses.

This new MSc program is designed to educate the next generation of plant biologists adept at developing plant based solutions to multiscale problems in agriculture and forestry. The courses are taught by internationally renowned experts in plant biology, crop and tree breeding, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. The program utilises competence on three campuses of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences located in Alnarp, Ultuna and Umeå. All teaching is in English and during the first year all lectures are streamed live allowing you to follow the courses from any of the three campuses.

During the second year you can choose to specialise in either plant breeding and protection, abiotic and biotic interactions of plants or forest biotechnology. Or you may decide to focus directly on genetic and molecular plant biology following the fourth study track from the beginning. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic and creative minds with a background in biology.

Future

The teaching on this programme is strongly geared towards preparing students for research, and all specialisations on the programme have links to strong research environments. It may also lead to professions in several land-based sectors, especially the specialisations in forest biotechnology and plant protection and plant breeding.

Specialisation:

Genetics and molecular plant biology

Cultivated plant's abiotic and biotic interactions

Forest biotechnology

Plant protection and plant breeding

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master Programme in Plant Biology for Sustainable Production.

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees

SEK135,000.00 (10,96,929) per year

Total programme: SEK 270,000; First instalment: SEK 67,500

From

02 Sep

Venue

Umeå Campus

Skogsmarksgränd 17,

UMEÅ,

SE-901 83, Sweden

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees

SEK135,000.00 (10,96,929) per year

Total programme: SEK 270,000; First instalment: SEK 67,500

From

02 Sep

Venue

Alnarp Campus

Sundsvägen 5,

ALNARP,

SE-230 53, Sweden

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees

SEK135,000.00 (10,96,929) per year

Total programme: SEK 270,000; First instalment: SEK 67,500

From

02 Sep

Venue

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ulls hus, Almas allé 8,

UPPSALA,

SE-750 07, Sweden

Entry requirement for international students

Admission to the Master's (120 credits) programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production requires

general entry requirements: first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits

specific entry requirements: one of the following specialisations at first-cycle level:

- 90 credits in biology or

- 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or

- 60 credits in agricultural sciences and 30 credits in biology or

- 60 credits in horticultural sciences and 30 credits in biology or

- 60 credits in forest sciences and 30 credits in biology

Applicants with the equivalent qualifications obtained by means of a degree from another country, or with the equivalent knowledge obtained in some other way, may also be regarded as fulfilling the specific entry requirements. The applicant must further have a level of English equivalent to upper secondary school English. An applicant with a first-cycle qualification from SLU comprising 120 credits, or a first-cycle degree from another Swedish university comprising 180 credits, automatically fulfils this requirement.

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