Plant Science

University of Basel

M.Sc. On Campus
18 months
1596 EUR/year
1596 EUR/year
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Within the Basel life science program, the Department of Environmental Sciences offers a comprehensive 1.5 year Master's course in Plant Science at the University of Basel for graduates with a background in biology (B Sc in biology or equivalent).


The cornerstone of this course is an individual research project in one of the areas of plant science of about one year duration. 

The project ends with a written Master's thesis. This practical part is complemented by lectures, seminars, and excursions. 

Plant Science programme at the University of Basel course builds upon the strength of the Department in the areas of physiological plant ecology, plant-microbe interactions, symbiosis, ecosystem sciences and sustainable land use. The program benefits greatly from the leadership of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, a network integrating more than 600 scientists interested in plant science.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing their Master’s degree the graduates can study further for a doctoral qualification or follow a profession in all fields of life sciences. Biology is a subject that covers many disciplines and the career opportunities include research and related activities in the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The practical advantages of the subject are found not only in basic research but also, increasingly, in business, society and politics. Numerous jobs are available for biology graduates, within the university and also in private industry, government service, schools and organizations, be it as researchers, communicators, teachers or advisors.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Physiological plant ecology
  • Ecosystem sciences
  • Plant-microbe interactions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The following degrees allow for direct admission to the Master's degree program Plant Science: Bachelor of Science (B Sc) in Biology with a Major in Molecular Biology or a Major in Animal and Plant Sciences or a Major in Integrative Biology from the University of Basel. Other Swiss university degrees have to be approved by the respective teaching committee. Foreign degrees have to be approved by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 798 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1596 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 798 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • CHF 850 per semester


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Plant Science
University of Basel


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