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Plant Science

120 credits

New Master's student 2019. Information (pdf)

An understanding of the functional biology of plants and the mechanisms that shape and modify plant diversity is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines. This is the subject for you – if you are interested in plant physiology, ecology, systematics, evolution and biodiversity. You will learn about the functional biology of plants in relation to changing environments, the mechanisms that are involved in the evolution of new plant species and the factors that control plant diversity. You will come to understand how the plant and its organs, cells and genomes function together and the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will find out about how plants adapt to environmental change and interact with other organisms. At the same time, you have the possibility to gain practical experience of bioinformatics and molecular genetics as well as ecological and systematic methodology.

The educational programme has a focus on plant biotechnology, biodiversity and conservation biology. It provides a foundation for continued higher education studies in plant physiology, molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology as well as for a diverse range of other careers for plant biologists within: the public sector, forestry and agricultural organizations, ecological and conservation consultancy, plant-breeding and education.

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) (BIOR11), Nature Conservation (offered in Swedish only) (BIOC05), Conservation Biology (BIOR83), Biological monitoring (BIOR39) and Floristics intermediate course (offered in Swedish only) (BIOF03).

If you are interested in biotechnology and plant breeding, you are recommended to include courses such as Bioinformatics and Sequence analysis (BINP11), Molecular Biology of Eukaryotes (BIOR49), Molecular Microbiology (BIOR63) and Molecular Biotechnology (BIOR31).

If you are more interested in a future as a researcher, it will be useful to include courses like Soil and Plant Ecology (BIOR78), Molecular Ecology and Evolution (BIOR25), Genetic analysis I, II (BIOR59, BIOR60) and Plant Systematics and Diversity (BIOR72).

Completed Master's Degree Projects in Biology

Prerequisites and application

Course overview, Master student's in Biology (pdf)

Recommended course of study

Year 1

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)

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


Plant Evolution and Adaptation (BIOR77)

Floristics intermediate course (in Swedish only) (BIOF03) or start of Master's Degree Project

Year 2

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)

Master's Degree Project

Plant Systematics and Diversity (BIOR72)

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass

  • 60 cr. advanced level courses in Biology of which BIOR76 and BIOR77 are mandatory
  • 30 cr. Degree project
  • 30 cr. optional courses or continuation of Degree project

Degree requirements detailed information (pdf; kB)

Degree title:

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


Page Manager:

Study coordinator

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor
Education office

Telehone: +46 46-222 37 28
E-mail: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Programme coordinator

Stefan Andersson

Telephone: +46 46-222 44 08
E-mail: Stefan [dot] Andersson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se