Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Håkon Sparre, NMBU

Are you interested in agriculture and horticulture, ecological agriculture or plant biology and the effect of climate and environment on growth and quality?

Health aspects of plants and food?

Start of term:

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Application deadline:

June 1st
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2020
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Contact info

Admission Office:
Phone:  67 23 01 11

The programme provides specialization in agriculture, horticulture, plant biology or plant protection.

You can choose between three study options:

  • Plant Production Systems,
  • Plant Biotechnology and
  • Plant Protection

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

Job opportunities

Work opportunities include managerial positions in environment or agriulture. You will be qualified for governmental, communal or private sectors as a manager, adviser/consultant, PhD-student, researcher, lecturer (with pedagogic). You can 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 science, biology, biotechnology or equivalent education that includes basic knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, plant physiology, and natural sciences. There is a minimum mark requirement of C for admission. Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.

Study structure

Plant Production Systems, focusing on:
• Flowers, fruits, berries and vegetables
• Cereal, fibre and oil plants and diverse fodder plants
• Environmentally sustainable growing methods
• Physiological processes in plants, affected by external conditions (nutrients, temperature, light and daylength)
• How plant breeding are used to meet the marked

Plant Biotechnology, focusing on:
• Understanding of plants function, and how the environment and climate effects on their functions
• Genetics and molecular methods

Plant Protection, focusing on:
• Biology of plant pests, diseases and weeds
• Methods and strategies for protecting plants from pest organisms and reducing competition from weeds