Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology

Course content

The global demand for plant-derived products such as feed and food is increasing dramatically, as illustrated by the recent doubling of the price of most commodity crops. How can we deal with these exponentially growing demands for food, feed and bio-energy? How can we cope with the fact that we will have to produce more food on less arable land, under environmentally more challenging conditions? These are just a few questions to be solved by the modern plant biotechnology.
The training in plant biotechnology is embedded in an environment of top science and industrial entrepreneurship where translational research enables the transfer of knowledge from plant models to crops. If you choose to study at Ghent University, you will be studying at the largest Agro-Biotech Campus in Europe.

Course structure

The curriculum covers all aspects of modern plant biotechnology related to state of the art technologies, plant growth and development, abiotic stress and biotic interactions, intellectual property and safety regulation. Moreover, through elective courses and a substantial master's dissertation, students can specialise in their field of interest.

Career perspectives

Ghent University in collaboration with the VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology has a long-standing tradition of converting basic science into successful industrial entities: Plant Genetic Systems (now BASF Agricultural Solutions Belgium NV, previously Bayer Crop Science), CropDesign (now a BASF Plant Science company), Devgen (now Syngenta) and Aphea.Bio. Today, these companies together with our plant research center form the largest European Plant Biotechnology campus. This experience is integrated in our education and will prepare you for various positions in research labs and agrobiotech companies.