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. 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.
Graduates from the Plant Breeding (Online) programme from Wageningen University and Research have excellent career prospects and most of them receive job offers before graduation. They 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.
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- Plant Breeding
- Plant Pathology and Disease Epidemiology
- Plant Biotechnology
- Advanced Statistics Distance Learning
- Marker Assisted Selection
- Quantitative & Population Genetics
- Continuous Course Distance Learning
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesAgriculture Plant & Crop Sciences Genetics
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Students holding a BSc degree or equivalent (university, Fachhochschule, ...)* in one of the following fields are eligible for the MSc programme Plant Breeding:
- Life Sciences or related fields
Besides these three criteria, enrolling in an online master's programme at Wageningen University & Research also requires the following:
- Good computer skills
- Access to broadband internet
- Commitment to engage in a virtual learning community
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International9689 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9689 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA1084 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.
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.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.