Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
The programme has been designed to help meet the worldwide demand for
scientific expertise in the development of crop and plant production methods and
farming systems. This tailor made, thesis-oriented programme provides a balance
between fundamental and applied science. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of
the study programme.
There are five specialisations:
, the science of improving the
hereditary make-up of cultivated plants, covers activities ranging from the
molecular level to the population level. The field therefore requires sound
knowledge of the structure and function of cultivated plants, their behaviour in
a stand and practical aspects of crop cultivation and diseases and pests. Plant
breeding plays an important role in realising high-yield field and greenhouse
crops, creating a wide range of flowers and plants for the ornamental plant
industry, and developing varieties suitable for organic farming and low-input
plant production systems.
Plant pathology and entomology, studies the population ecology of
insects, nematodes and weeds and the epidemiology of fungi and viruses,
including mechanisms of transmission. Students can major in fields such as
entomology, virology, phytopathology, nematology, and crop and weed ecology. The
student’s research project can focus on the molecular or ecological aspects of
bio-interactions between pathogen and host.
Crop science - Students in this specialisation acquire a sound
understanding of the basic physical, chemical and physiological aspects of crop
growth and production. An important aspect is the use of simulation models to
integrate the scientist’s knowledge and to bridge the gap between laboratory,
greenhouse and field experiments.
Organic plant production - Students in this specialisation acquire
knowledge of and insight into the complex relationships between soil health,
fertilisation, crop-growing practices and nutrient kinetics. This knowledge is
applied to sustainable agro-ecosystems and organic farming systems. Students can
major in fields such as biological farming systems, where the development of
new, sustainable organic plant production systems (and the improvement of
existing ones) is emphasised.
Greenhouse horticulture - In the food production chain, greenhouse
horticulture is a unique agro-system. It is the only production method that can
significantly control not only abiotic factors (such as water, soil and light),
but also biotic ones (weeds, pest insects and pathogens such as fungi and
viruses). Students can major in fields such as horticultural production chains,
economics of plant production systems and marketing.
- Plant breeding and genetic resources
BSc in agriculture, or related fields.
TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5