Master programme in Plant Science

120 credits

Plants use intricate systems for growth, development, transport and metabolism to cope with adverse environmental conditions, but also have considerable capacity to adapt genetically to both biotic and abiotic factors. An understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these features is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines.

This program focusses on plant biology, evolution and biodiversity. You will gain knowledge and understanding of how plants function at different levels of organisation, from the molecular to the eco-physiological level. During the program, you practice relevant methodology since field trips and laboratory work are integrated parts of many courses. You will learn about the mechanisms that are involved in plant evolution, distribution and diversity, as well as how mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will also study how plants interact with other organisms and their ability to adapt to environmental change. The teachers are active researchers and you will gain insight in plant research on the molecular, cell, physiological and ecological level.

You have the possibility to direct your studies toward your own specific interests.

If you are interested in a future as a conservation biologist, it will be useful to include courses such as Mosses, Lichens, Fungi - biodiversity and conservation (offered in Swedish only), Nature Conservation (offered in Swedish only), Conservation Biology, Biological monitoring and Floristics intermediate course (offered in Swedish only).

If you are interested in biotechnology and plant breeding, you are recommended to include courses such as Bioinformatics and Sequence analysis, Molecular Biology of Eukaryotes, Molecular Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology.

If you are more interested in a future as a researcher, it will be useful to include courses like Soil and Plant Ecology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Genetic analysis I and II, and Plant Systematics and Diversity.

The program comprises two years of full-time studies (120 credits), with at least 90 credits at advanced level in Biology. Teaching is carried out in the form of courses, primarily in modules worth 15 credits and a Degree project for one or two semesters.

Recommended course of study

The majority of the links below lead to Lund University's education pages.

Year 1

Autumn

Population and Community Ecology (BIOR69) or Soil and Plant Ecology (BIOR78). For students with a strong background in molecular biology and chemistry, the course Methods in Molecular Biology (BIOR79) is also available.
Plant Function (BIOR76)

Spring

Molecular Ecology and Evolution (BIOR25) or Genetic Analysis I (BIOR59) and Genetic Analysis II (BIOR60)
Plant Evolution and Adaptation (BIOR77)

Summer

Floristics intermediate course (in Swedish only) (BIOF03) or start of master's degree project

Year 2

Autumn

Population and Community Ecology (BIOR69) or Soil and Plant Ecology (BIOR78)
Processing and- Analysis of Biological Data (BIOS14) and Modelling Biological Systems (BIOS13) or Nature Conservation (in Swedish only) (BIOC05)

Spring

Master's degree project
Plant Systematics and Diversity (BIOR72)

You find completed master's degree projects in biology and molecular biology on LUP Student Papers.

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass

  • Compulsory Courses 15 credits:
    BIOR67 Plant Function 15 credits or BIOR77 Plant Evolution and Adaptation 15 credits
  • Elective Courses, at least 45 credits:
    • BINP11 Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis 7.5 credits
    • BIOR59 Genetic Analysis I 7,5 credits
    • BIOR60 Genetic Analysis II 7,5 credits
    • BIOR79 Methods in Molecular Biology 15 credits
    • BIOS13 Modelling Biological Systems 7.5 credits
    • BIOR25 Molecular Ecology and Evolution 15 credits
    • BIOR72 Plant Systematics and Diversity 10 credits
    • BIOR69 Population and Community Ecology 15 credits
    • BIOS14 Processing and Analysis of Biological Data 7.5 credits
    • BIOR78 Soil and Plant Ecology 15 credits
    • BIOR67 Plant Function 15 credits
    • BIOR77 Plant Evolution and Adaptation 15 credits
  • Optional Courses, 0-30 credits
  • Master´s degree project in biology, 30/45/60 credits

Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialization in Plant Science

Prerequisites and application at Lund University's education pages.

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Lotta Persmark

Study advisor biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se