Course Plant Pathology and Entomology

Are you looking for more theoretical background on plant pathology and entomology? This online course includes modules on phytopathology, nematology, entomology and virology. The individual self-paced format offers you a flexible online 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 the laboratories on plant sciences of Wageningen University & Research in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology (KNPV) and the Foundation Willie Commelin Scholten for Phytopathology (WCS). The modules have been successfully followed by a broad audience from more than 20 countries and are well-rated.

Organised by Wageningen Academy
Price description variable per module

You can register for any combination of modules with or without exam*

Why follow this course?

The complete course provides you with a concise overview of basic concepts and principles in the biology of plant pathogens and pests, including morphology, reproduction, detection and spread.

Is this course for you?

This online course is designed for professionals working with plantpathology, entomology and related topics. Participants are assumed to have knowledge at the BSc level of plant sciences or biology by education or work.

Programme & topics

The study material consists of built-in readers which contain all information, supported by interactive Q&A tests to check the acquired knowledge.

  • Phytopathology (incl. bacteria) (M1): Fungi, general aspects and life cycles of fungal-like species and bacterial plant diseases
  • Nematology (M2): Structure and organisation, reproduction, development and survival and dispersal, diagnosis, detection and management of plant-parasitic nematodes
  • Entomology (M3): Insect structure and development, reproduction, chemoreception, infochemicals and behaviour and herbivorous insects and host-plant resistance
  • Virology (M4): Composition and architecture, taxonomy and classification, genome structure, infection cycle, transmission, symptoms and diagnosis, detection and control of virus diseases
  • Extra module: General terms used in plant pathology

All the individual modules M1, M2, M3 and M4 are 1.0 ECTS per module.
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.

Practical information

This is a individual self-paced course. You can start anytime and follow any combination of modules.


Price per module (M1-M4): € 495

Price per optional exam:

Per examination date: € 195

Module access

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

Optional exam

To purchase an exam option for each module, you may do so at your discretion, as it is an optional component of the course. The registration form offers the opportunity to buy a single exam date option per session, priced at €195, - per examination date. Multiple exams can be taken for the same price on each examination date. You may express your preferred examination option in the remarks box provided in the registration form.

Upon completing your purchase, we will contact you to make 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 opportunities to do online exam are on:

  • Tuesday 16 January 2024 between 08.30 – 17.00 CET/UTC+1h. Registration deadline is Sunday 17 December 2023 at 23.59 CET /UTC+1h.
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024 between 08.30 -17.00 CEST/UTC+2h. Registration deadline is Sunday 2 June 2024 at 23.59 CEST/UTC+2h.

More exam dates for 2024 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.

More information and registration

You can register for this course or download the flyer. Questions? Contact Wageningen Academy.

After completing this course you may receive micro-credentials. Micro-credentials certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, marking the quality of a course.