Master of Science in Genetic and Molecular Plants Science


Program Description

Our Master of Science in Genetic and Molecular Plant Science will give you an intimate knowledge of plant biology and plant research. If you are interested in environmental protection, industrial research or want to learn about the opportunities and risks of gene-modified organisms (GMO’s) this is the subject for you. During this two year program, you will receive a thorough practical training giving you the essential skills to plan and perform your own plant-related research projects.

Reasons to choose

  • Flexibility to structure your own program profile and direction
  • Opportunities to develop an international network of contacts

Program structure

The program brings together three world-class Swedish universities, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). You will learn about the mechanisms of plant growth and development, gain an understanding of genetic diversity and plant breeding and find out about plant-microbe interactions and how plants interact with their surroundings, including their defense strategies against insects and microorganisms. There is space left within the program to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective or optional courses.

First year

  • Plant growth and development (Uppsala)
  • Genetic Diversity and Plant Breeding (SLU)
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (Stockholm)
  • Elective course

Second year

Optional course(s) and degree project (30 or 45 credits)


Degree project 60 credits

Career prospects

Our MSc program serves as preparation for the continuation of Ph.D. studies within the fields of plant biology, ecology and plant breeding, and biotechnology. It also opens up potential job possibilities at an administrative authority or within forestry, agricultural organisations, consultancy, or plant breeding and conservation. The flexibility of the program gives you the possibility to develop skills relevant to the job market and the potential to develop your network both within Sweden and internationally.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the program we require the equivalent to Bachelor's degree with a major in biology or molecular biology, including biochemistry and plant physiology. In addition, you are required to show English proficiency equivalent to the Swedish high school level.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read less