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 biobased 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. Sounds interesting? Get in touch and apply!
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Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology. Applicants from non-anglophone countries should provide proof of English proficiency.The application deadline for non EU applicants is January 15.