Master in Plant and Forest Biotechnology

General

Program Description

Master's Programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology

Plant biotechnology is an important tool to solve global problems. How do we produce enough food in the world? How do we develop renewable fuels and manage ecosystems in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner? The Master’s programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology gives you specialised competence and skills to recognize, understand and find solutions to these challenges.

Plant biotechnology is becoming increasingly important as a tool to solve some of the global problems related to feed, fuel and ecosystem management in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. The Master of Science Programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology offers students a specialized competence and skills to recognize, understand and find solutions to these challenges.

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The programme is based upon a set of coordinated courses which together amount to 80 credits (120 ECTS credits) spread over two years. Up-to-date knowledge is provided about plant cell and molecular biology as well as plant growth and development. This is applied in the fields of plant breeding, biotechnology, and functional genomics. The programme is organized by the Department of Plant Physiology (Umeå University) and the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) which together form the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The education is anchored around the various research topics of UPSC.

Instruction

The programme provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge about plant physiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and functional genomics; together with an understanding of the ethical, ecological and legal aspects of plant biotechnology. Advanced knowledge is given in plant cell and molecular biology as well as plant growth and development. This knowledge is then applied in the fields of plant breeding, biotechnology, and functional genomics. The different courses within the programme contain a variety of laboratory experiments, providing the students with hands-on experience and training in how to design, perform and report scientific experiments. The programme also gives students the opportunity to establish contacts with agricultural and forestry biotechnology companies.

Career Opportunities

After the master's programme, the student is well suited to work in a plant biotechnology company. The program is also suitable for students who would like to work in a broader laboratory environment. The student can also apply for Ph.D. programs in plant biology, plant biotechnology, plant microbiology, and bioinformatics.

Courses

Year 1
Plant cell and molecular biology
Plant Growth and Development
Plant biotechnology and molecular breeding 
Biology and Biotechnology in Forest Production Systems

Year 2
Elective courses
Degree Thesis in Plant Biology or Degree Thesis in Plant Molecular Biology

Examples of elective courses:
Project course in Plant Molecular Biology/Plant Biology
Functional Genomics Theory
Applied Functional Genomics
Biomaterials and Bioenergy
Genetics and Biotechnology in Forest Production Systems

Degree and career

After the Master's programme you are well suited to work in a plant biotechnology company. The programme is also suitable for students who would like to work with research and development in a broader laboratory environment.

Further studies?

Following your degree you can apply for PhD programmes in plant biology, plant biotechnology, plant microbiology and bioinformatics.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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