Online Course Plant Breeding

Are you looking for more theoretical background on plant breeding? This online course includes five modules, both basic, more complex breeding and selection methods, new technological developments, and underlying biological concepts. Online learning offers you a flexible learning process and the possibility to compose your own course. It is ideal for professionals and enables them to study the lecture material at their own pace and place.

This online course has been developed by experts from Wageningen University & Research. The modules have been successfully followed by a broad audience from more than twenty different countries and are well-rated.

Organised by Wageningen Academy
Price description variable per module
Course Format Online
Credits ECTS

You can register for any combination of modules with or without exam*
Register directly or download the flyer.

Why follow this online course?

The complete online course plant breeding provides you with a concise overview of basic principles of plant selection and principles associated with:

  • genetic markers
  • linkage mapping
  • QTL-analysis
  • resistance against pathogens
  • F1 hybrids
  • mutation breeding

For whom is this course?

Professionals in plant breeding and related companies and research institutes.

Programme and topics per module

The study material consists of built-in text and figures, supported by interactive self-tests to check the acquired knowledge.
The online course Plant Breeding consists of the following modules:

  • Principles of plant breeding (M1) =1.0 ECTS
  • Marker-assisted selection (M2) =2.0 ECTS
  • Resistance to biotic factors (M3) =0.2 ECTS
  • F1 hybrids (M4) =1.0 ECTS
  • Mutation Breeding (M5) =1.0 ECTS

The ECTS for the individual modules differ. 1.0 ECTS equals ca. 28 study hours.
More information on the covered topics can be downloaded:

After registration and payment you get a personal account that gives access to the online learning materials for one year.

Optional: exam and certificate

How & when to purchase an exam option
Each module can be completed by doing an exam. This is optional. You can buy one exam date option per time via the registration form. The price per examination date is €195,-. Per examination date one or multiple exams can be taken for the same price. You can state your preferred exam option in the remarks box of the registration form. Based on your purchase we will contact you for further arrangements regarding your exam.

Exam options

Online exam, supervised at work location employee - fixed dates
Doing exam(s) online on your personally owned laptop at your work location. This exam option is only available for employees of a business, research or educational institute who can make use of their own laptop*. These online exams are on fixed dates and must be supervised by your manager / HRM-employee at your work location. Instructions will be send in advance. This option saves you travel time and costs. The next opportunity to do online exam are in the first half of 2022 on:

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022 between 8.30 - 17.00 CET / UTC+1. Register before Sunday 19 December 2021.
  • Tuesday 16 June 2022 between 8.30 -17.00 CET / UTC +2. Register before Sunday 29 May 2022.

Exam dates for the second half of 2022 will become available in time.
* For the online exams we strongly advise to use your personally owned laptop; on corporate owned devices security issues with WURs exam software can occur.

Handwritten exam, supervised at Wageningen Campus - date in mutual agreement
Doing handwritten exam(s) on Wageningen Campus. Dates are set in mutual agreement. These exam are done in-person so you have to travel to Wageningen. The supervision on campus is organised by Wageningen Academy.

After completing the exam successfully, a certificate with the relevant study credits (ECTS) is issued. The certificate is designed for a business environment and gives no immediate rights to apply towards a formal degree programme on a university. On a personal basis exemptions can be made by academic institutions.

Supervisory lecturer

The supervisor is Dr. ir. J. C. (Jan-Kees) Goud, Wageningen University & Research, Plant Breeding.

More information & registration

You can register for the online course Plant Breeding or download the flyer. Questions? Contact the programme manager Monique Tulp-Jansen.