MSc in Plant Biology with an Emphasis in Food Safety and Security

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

MSc in Plant Biology with an Emphasis in Food Safety and Security

Tel Aviv University

This innovative international program is open to students worldwide interested in obtaining an MSc in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Food Safety and Security.

The program takes place over 18 months (with an additional thesis year option), full time, and is taught in English.

The program's curriculum combines academic research with hands-on agricultural experience in the Arava desert, Israel’s largest vegetable exporting region. The program offers students a internship opportunity (built into the program) to gain first-hand experience in advanced desert agriculture throughout their studies.

The International MSc Program in Plant Biology provides the students with academic knowledge with leading faculty, opportunities to gain practical skills and the chance to be a part of creating a sustainable future.

International MSc Program in Plant Biology

The program takes place in collaboration with the Arava International Center for Agriculture Training (AICAT), and the Regional Agricultural Research and Development Center (at the Yair R&D Station).

As part of the collaboration, students will have the unique opportunity to study and reside in a local agricultural village (moshav) within the Arava municipality in the desert.

This enriching 18-month program consists of 38 credit hours, which also include the research practicum, spread over three semesters. Due to the nature of the program, the curriculum is fixed and students must take all courses listed.

The interdisciplinary curriculum offers students a wide understanding of plant biology, from the molecular and cellular level, and up to the organism level, as well as its interaction with its environment.

Select excelling students who are interested in writing a thesis may do so after completion of the degree by staying an additional year to conduct research on the Tel Aviv University campus.


The program is designed for graduates of accredited institutions of higher education. Preferred candidates will have completed a B.Sc. in life sciences or related fields with a minimum grade of 80 (or equivalent). Under special circumstances, students with other academic backgrounds will be considered as well. Professional experience in fields related to agriculture is highly advantageous.

The participants in this program will be made up of diverse nationalities with varied fields of interest. Our admission policy takes into account the applicant's academic records and recommendations, as well as personal essay and relevant experience.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 19, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
18 months
Full time
Start date Oct. 2017
Israel Tel Aviv
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price Free