24 months
24618 USD/year
5305 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Explore the advanced science involved with plant breeding to further your career opportunities in this fast-evolving area with Lincoln University Canterbury's Plant Breeding degree.


Key facts

Lincoln University Canterbury's MSc in Plant Breeding prepares you a career as a plant breeder in the cropping or pastoral industries. This is an in-demand role in New Zealand and globally with the need for increased food production and more restorative growing practices. Core content within this major is designed to align with internationally-recognised plant breeding qualifications, and is continually updated in collaboration with the New Zealand industry to maintain relevance. The research programme and accompanying facilities stretch from molecular biology to field-based breeding programmes. We maintain close ties with local plant breeding companies as well as with Crown Research Institute breeding programmes. This creates access to leading projects and breeding programmes across New Zealand, including regular field tours of South Island-based initiatives for both commercial and research reference. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Experimentation
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Cell Physiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant and Crop Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For a 240 credit Master's (thesis plus exam) you need a relevant New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses
  • For the 120-credit Master's (thesis only) you need a relevant postgraduate Honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One equivalent or higher. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24618 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5305 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5305 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National students: 7,650 NZD
  • International students: 35,500 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /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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