Ethanol and biofuel production, modification of tree fibres, increased plant tolerance to diseases and environmental stresses, as well as the development of functional foods, are examples of research areas in biology and biotechnology that will have a large impact on our society in the future. Plant biotechnology is becoming increasingly important as a tool to solve some of the global problems related to food, fuel and ecosystem management by environmentally friendly and sustainable means.

The Master of Science Programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology offers students chances to acquire stateof-the-art competence and skills to understand and find solutions to these challenges. The programme is organized by UPSC, and the education is anchored around the research topics in which UPSC researchers are world leaders, such as plant developmental biology, forest biotechnology, wood formation and hormone biology.

The programme is based upon coordinated courses, which together amount to 120 ECTS credits spread over two years and are given in English.

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.

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web bioresursteknik forsta kurs max 31 The programme is open to students with a BSc in biology, biotechnology, forestry or agriculture. After finishing this programme the students will be prepared to work in society, industry or academia dealing with tasks that require knowledge.

The programme is intended to provide the students with:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge about plant physiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and functional genomics.
  • Understanding about ethical, ecological and legal aspects of plant biotechnology.
  • Contacts with agricultural and forestry biotechnology companies.
  • Knowledge on how to design, perform and report scientific experiments.
  • Preparation for graduate studies

 

Prerequisite to be accepted

    The programme is intended for students holding a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Enginering degree, with a minimum of three years of University studies.
    Please read the instructions for "Application and eligibility" at the University pages.

    Important things to do once accepted

      Welcome letter 2016


      Once accepted, in order to proceed with the Master, you need to:

      Contact with current and alumni international Master students

        Current
        Name Nationality Undergraduate University e-mail contact
        Md.Abdur Razzak  Bangladeshi  Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
        Tahir Mujtaba   Pakistani  University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi, Pakistan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
        Patricia Lang   German Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
        Shaikh Terkis Islam Pavel   Bangladeshi  University Of Development Alternative (UODA), Dhaka, Bangladesh  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
        Umut Rende  Turkish  Izmir Institute of Technology (Izmir Yuksek Teknoloji Enstitusu), Izmir, Turkey  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
        Rupesh Raj Kumar Pudi   Indian  Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh, India  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

        Alumni
        Name Nationality Undergraduate University e-mail contact
        Edward Businge
        (Graduate 2009)
         Uganda Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        Exam Work Reports

          Master thesis work is the final part of the programme, and required for obtaining the Master of Science degree. The Master thesis work is based on independent research work and should contain novel research results that are of importance for the research field in question. Master thesis work can be done at any university or in an industrial laboratory as long as the research topic resides within the fields of plant physiology, molecular biology, biotechnology or functional genomics. The department appoints a supervisor for every Master thesis worker even if the work is performed in an industrial laboratory. For acceptance of the exam work, please go to the rule to present your Master thesis work.

          Access the proposed subjects of the master thesis work
          http://www.upsc.se/Education-Undergraduate/Undergraduate-Students/suggested-exam-work-projects.html


          Previous Master thesis works

          Guidelines to prepare and present the Master thesis work

            The Master thesis work documents the thesis project carried out by the candidate and follows the format of a scientific publication. As such it is divided into Introduction, Results, Discussion, Materials and Methods and References sections. The candidate must ensure that the final version of the thesis manuscript reaches members of the evaluation committee at least 10 days prior planned date of defence. Members of the evaluation committee are Karin Ljung, Laszlo Bako, Anita Sellstedt, Edouard Pesquet and the supervisor of the Master thesis project. At the defence candidate is expected to present the work in frame of a 15-20 min oral presentation which is followed by questions from members of the evaluation commettee. The final grade of the Master thesis work will reflect quality of the work as well as that of the manuscript and oral presentation.

            pdfGuidelines for Degree Thesis

            Master Degree Thesis Registration forms:

            Programme co-ordinator
            Laszlo Bako
            Director of Studies,
            Dept. of Plant Physiology, Umeå University