Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Håkon Sparre, NMBU

Are you interested in agriculture, horticulture and plant biology, environmental and climate effects on growth and quality of plants for food and feed?

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2023
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Contact info

Admission Office:
Phone:  67 23 01 11

You can choose one of these two specializations in the programme:

  • Plant Production and Plant Protection
  • Plant Biotechnology

More information can be found in the study plan here: Study plan

Job opportunities

You will be qualified for positions within agriculture, horticulture and environmental sectors, governmental, communal or private companies as a manager, adviser/consultant, PhD-studies, researcher, lecturer (with pedagogic) etc. You can also work internationally, in UN organizations like FAO, and NORAD.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about flowers, fruits, berries, vegetables and cereal. Understanding of plants function, and how the environment and climate effects on their functions. Genetics and molecular methods. Plant health and plant protection.

Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology or equivalent education that includes basic knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, plant physiology, soil- and natural sciences.

The following compulsory requirements must be in place for the application to be considered:

  • A motivation letter specifically aimed at the program
  • A weighted, average grade of minimum C (from the Bachelor's degree) is required at NMBU to be qualified for applying to Master's degrees
  • English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations


Plant Science makes you acquainted in various innovative and sustainable crop production systems ranging from advanced greenhouse system to precision farming, modern plant breeding tools to molecular methods for crops improvement and protection.

Anjali Khadka , masterstudent Plant Sciences

Study structure

Plant Production  and Plant Protection, focusing on:
• Flowers, fruits, berries and vegetables
• Cereals, fiber, oil and protein plants and plants for feed
• Sustainable production systems for food, feed and ornamentals
• Physiological processes in plants, affected by external factors (nutrients, temperature, light and daylength)
• How plant breeding are used to meet the marked

• Biology of insects, pathogens and weeds in agricultural systems.
• Principles for disease control, with particular focus on plant resistance and resistance breeding
• Methods and strategies for protecting plants from pest organisms and reducing competition from weeds


Plant Biotechnology, focusing on:
• Theoretical and practical use of genetic and molecular methods
• Physiology processes in plants, and plant adapation to environment and climate
• Understanding of advanced gene regulation


More information can be found in the study plan here: Study plan (pdf)