Master's Program in Plant and Forest Biotechnology
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 Program in Plant and Forest Biotechnology offers students a specialized competence and skills to recognize, understand and find solutions to these challenges. The program 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 program 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.
The program 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 program 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 program also gives students the opportunity to establish contacts with agricultural and forestry biotechnology companies.
After the master program, 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.
- Introduction to Molecular Biology
- Plant cell and molecular biology
- Plant Growth and Development
- Plant biotechnology and molecular breeding
- Biology and Biotechnology in Forest Production Systems
- Computational Life Science
- Functional plant genomics
- Degree Thesis in Plant Biology