M.Sc. On Campus

Plant Science

University of Basel

18 months
1538 EUR/year
1538 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 (BSc in biology or equivalent).


The cornerstone of this Plant Science programme at the University of Basel 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. 

The 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.

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program (BSc in biology or equivalent). The program awards 90 ECTS credits in total. The Master’s degree program Plant Science is a so-called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies. One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

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

Topics included:

  • Physiological plant ecology: Plant water relations - plant responses to drought – carbon balance and plant growth.
  • Ecosystem sciences: Biodiversity and ecosystem services – stable isotope biogeochemistry – sustain­able land use.
  • Plant-microbe interactions: Microbial ecology in the soil and rhizosphere – mycorrhizal symbiosis.

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The following degree allows for direct admission to the Master's degree program Plant Science: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology from the University of Basel. Other Swiss or foreign degrees from an education institution recognized by the University of Basel require approval by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • CHF 850 per semester

Living costs for Basel

1615 - 2332 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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