Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
This programme aims to impart understanding of the basic principles of Plant
Sciences and Molecular Sciences and of the integration of these disciplines to
provide healthy plants in a safe environment for food and non-food applications.
Important aspects of this programme are the design of transgenic plants and
related technology and the management of such plants. The detailed insight
provided into resistance and diagnostics enables biotechnological techniques to
be used to combat pests and diseases in plants. Attention is also paid to the
applications of molecular plant biology for producing beneficial products.
Integral aspects of the programme are the socio-economic and ethical
consequences of biotechnology in the plant sciences.
There are four specialisations:
Functional plant genomics - Using array
technology to study gene expression profiles improves our understanding of
the complexity of the plant transcriptome and interactions between genes and
gene products. Students can major in molecular genetics, molecular biology,
plant physiology or plant cell biology.
Molecular plant breeding, the science of
improving the hereditary make-up of cultivated plants, covers a wide range
of applications. The use of molecular techniques such as AFLP technology to
facilitate plant breeding has contributed enormously to the rapid
identification of genes for natural resistance and is instrumental to
speeding up the plant breeding process by means of marker assisted
techniques. Students can major in genetics, plant breeding or crop and weed
Plant pathology and pest control, focuses
on fundamental knowledge about plant pathogens and ways to use biotechnology
in integrated pest management. Fundamental research in this field aims at
understanding plant-insect, plant-pathogen and crop-weed relationships and
is the basis for applied research programmes concentrating on the integrated
management of pests, diseases and weeds. It includes investigations of the
population ecology of insects, nematodes and weeds and the epidemiology of
fungi and viruses, including mechanisms of transmission. Students can major
in entomology, virology, phytopathology or nematology.
Molecular farming, provides a fundamental
understanding of how plants can be exploited for the production of foreign
proteins. Students can major in molecular recognition and antibody
technology or virology (expression vectors).
Graduates from this programme have the required skills in the basic and
applied sciences in specialised areas of biotechnology and are able to use these
skills to solve complex problems in an integrated fashion.
Bsc in agricultural sciences, life science, or related fields.
TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5