Master in Plant Breeding

Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais

Program Description

Master in Plant Breeding

Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais

Master's in Plant Breeding

In its report entitled "World Agriculture : towards 2015/2030", the FAO outlines the need for an approximate 60% increase in agricultural production by 2050, in order to meet the nutritional requirements of the world’s human population.

This growth will, in part, be built upon an increase in yields, in particular via the genetic improvement of plants. There have been major advances in this field over the last twenty years, as a result of new molecular and cellular biology technologies reaching far beyond the confines of plant transgenics.

In this positive context, plant breeding companies and food manufacturing and various non-food manufacturing companies are expressing a growing need for plant breeders who are able to understand and manage increasingly diverse technologies in order to meet more complex and varied objectives.

This burgeoning demand is becoming ever more apparent, in the face of a dwindling number of university courses on offer in this field. What is more, the handful of one-year courses specialising in plant breeding do not cover the entire field of activity of a plant breeder in today’s context.

Our objectives

The Masters programme in Plant Breeding at LaSalle Beauvais is focused on plant improvement and the creation of new plant varieties. In a climate of increasing global demand for both food and non-food agricultural production, and a quest for sustainable growth in agricultural productivity, the Masters programme in Plant Breeding addresses these challenges via plant genetics and improvement.

The aim of this programme is to train plant breeders able to grasp and manage the scientific and technical interdisciplinarity between biotechnologies, agronomy, plant biology, genetics, regulatory issues and markets.

This programme was designed in partnership with seed companies and the food industry, and constructed with Ghent University, in Belgium, thus combining the hands-on approach of the renowned field training undertaken by LaSalle Beauvais engineers and the excellence of one of Europe’s top universities.

Our strengths

  • a more wide-ranging course in plant breeding than most international masters programmes, which focus primarily on the application of biotechnologies to plant breeding ;
  • partnership with Ghent University (Belgium), giving our students access to the latest advances in biotechnology ;
  • a course designed and run in association with seed and plant breeding companies.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


The first year curriculum is taught from September to May on the LaSalle campus in Beauvais (France). It includes group meetings with breeders and covers market analysis, seed production systems, genetic diversity analysis of germplasms, problematics and methods of Plant breeding, quantitative genetics, intellectual property principles and rationale, regulation guidelines. Throughout the first semester, students will also be required to attend classes in French as a foreign language, in addition to the curriculum. The Minor thesis internship takes place from May to September in a company or research institution.

The second year curriculum covers practical fields of cell biology, genomics and bioinformatics. It is taught from October through March at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. Students will benefit from a first rate scientific environment and major plant biotech companies. An integrative pilot case module ‘design a breeding project’ concludes the third semester. Major thesis internship in Plant Breeding takes place from March to August.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
12,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
France Beauvais, Picardy
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Duration 2 years
Price 12,500 EUR
per year