About the master's
The master's Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University focuses on the development and application of new technologies to create better plants. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the biological processes of the plant. Think of plants that can be used as a health food for people and animals, as a natural resource in food technology and medicine or as a replacement of crude oil products (plastics and fuels). You combine the knowledge of plant physiology and genetics with the newest developments in molecular biology and biotechnology. The master's Plant Biotechnology is truly a research master's that perfectly suits students with a bachelor's degree in Biology or a bachelor's degree in another laboratory oriented education.
Compare the master's Plant Biotechnology with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
The university master's study programmes Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (University of Groningen), Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (Utrecht University), Green Life Sciences (University of Amsterdam), and Life Science and Technology (Delft University of Technology and Leiden University) all contain similar elements to the master's Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University. However, the master's Plant Biotechnology is the only study programme that fully focuses on so-called ‘green biotechnology’. Other Life Sciences’ master's programmes focus more on the ‘red’ (medical and pharmaceutical) and/or ‘white’ biotechnology: industrial production and environmental technology.
Differences between the master's Plant Biotechnology and similar study programmes at Wageningen University
The master's Plant Sciences focuses on all aspects of the plant production chain. In order to study the refinement of new plant breeds and for the protection of plants against diseases and plagues, molecular biology and biotechnology is often applied in this study as well as in the master's Plant Biotechnology. The master's Plant Sciences is not limited to the molecular perspective, however, as research can also be conducted at a plant-, crop- or ecosystem level.
The master's Biotechnology not only focuses on the molecular biology and biotechnology of plants but also on the biotechnology of bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, the master's Biotechnology also pays attention to the actual process itself through the application of biotechnology in an industrial environment.