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 purchase an exam option at the moment that you enroll for the module(s), or seperataly later on. Based on your purchase an exam date option can be arranged.

Exam options

On Wageningen Campus - set a date in mutual agreement
Doing in-person exam(s) at Wageningen University & Research on location Wageningen Campus in The Netherlands. Dates are set in mutual agreement.

Online Exam - multiple fixed date options per year
Doing online exam on fixed dates on your own device and at your own location. These exams must be supervised by your manager / HRM-employee. 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 hrs and 17.00 hrs Amsterdam Time Zone. Register before Sunday 19 December 2021.
  • Tuesday 16 June 2022 between 8:30 hrs and 17.00 hrs Amsterdam Time Zone. Register before Sunday 29 May 2022/

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.