Course catalogue - emPLANT Master

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YEAR 1

The first year provides the basics in terms of plant breeding and connected topics to the students, such as crop production, genetics, breeding, statistics etc. The students will deepen their knowledge of basic science related to breeding, the breeding strategies and the legal and administrative rules of the seed business.

LAS - INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE UNILASALLE
(Beauvais - France)
Course name ECTS
Interculturality & Ethics 1
Introduction to seed business 4
Introduction to algorithmics 1
Statistics 2
Plant Reproduction Systems 2
Plant Genetics 1 3
Plant Genetic Resources and diversity 4
Introduction to Plant Pathology 3
Breeding strategies and Methods of Selection 5
Pilot Case 1 3
French as a Foreign Language 2
Spanish as a Foreign Language* **
Total 30

* Y1 Mandatory for students with Spanish <B2 who selected UPV as destination for Y2

** No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Plant Microbe Interaction 5
Phenotyping 4
Plant Genetics 2 5
Seed and Plant Production and Certification Regulation Guidelines 4
Internship + Minor Thesis 5
Pilot case 2 3
Intellectual Property & Plant Breeders’ Rights 2
French as a Foreign Language **
Spanish as a Foreign Language* **
Summer Breeding Field Camp 2
Total 30
* Y1 Mandatory for students with Spanish <B2 who selected UPV as destination for Y2
** No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

SLU - THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
(Uppsala – Sweden)
Course name ECTS
Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production 15
Plant Growth and Development 15
Pilot Case 1 *
Swedish as a Foreign Language ***
Spanish as a Foreign Language** ***
Total 30

* ECTS included in the previous courses of 15 ECTS

** Y1 Mandatory for students with Spanish <B2 who selected UPV as destination for Y2

*** Offered by a private school. No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Plant Biology for Breeding and Protection 15
Sustainable Plant Production - from Molecular to Field Scale 15
Pilot Case 2 *
Intellectual Property & Plant Breeders’ Rights *
Swedish as a Foreign Language ***
Spanish as a Foreign Language** ***
Summer Breeding Field Camp *
Total 30

* ECTS included in the previous courses of 15 ECTS

** Y1 Mandatory for students with Spanish <B2 who selected UPV as destination for Y2

*** Offered by a private school. No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

YEAR 2

During the second year the students will be trained in bioinformatics, big data applied to plant breeding. Year 2 will provide the students with the opportunity to specialize in different crops: breeding of forest trees/field crops, breeding of fruit (trees)/ornamentals or grapevine/vegetables.

Modern biotechnological tools used in plant breeding are an integral part of any of the specialization courses. During their specialization year, students will learn at each university how to use traditional and biotechnological tools and ‘-omics’ (metabolomics, genomics etc.) to solve specific breeding situations.

UPV - Universitat Politècnica de València
(Valencia- Spain)
Course name ECTS
Plant Breeding for Resistance to Stresses 5
Breeding for Crop Quality 5
Fruit (Tree) Species Breeding 5
Ornamental Plants Breeding 5
Transgenic Plants 4
Pilot Case 3 2
Big Data 2
Bio informatics 2
Total 30

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis I 15
Master Thesis 15
Total 30
UH - University of Helsinki
(Helsinki – Finland)
Course name ECTS
Personal Study Plan (PSP) 0
Breeding of Crop Plants (in 2019 and 2021)
or
Forest Tree Breeding (in 2020)
5
Scientific Writing and Seminar 5
Literature 4
Optional courses in S3:
  • Orientation Week, 0 ECTS
  • Plants in Changing World, 5 ECTS
  • Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 5 ECTS
  • Advanced Training in a Research Group, 5 ECTS
  • BLUP and Variance Components (S3 in 2019 and in 2021), 5 ECTS
  • Wood Structure, Growth and Differentiation, 5 ECTS
  • Basic Biotechnology Applications in Forestry, 5 ECTS
10
Pilot Case 3 2
Big Data 2
Bio informatics 2
Finnish *
Total 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis 30
Optional courses in S4:
  • Laboratory Course in Plant Biotechnology, 5 ECTS
  • Selection Theory (S4 in 2020 and in 2022), 5 ECTS
*
Finnish **
Total 30

* If you choose 5 ECTS here, your MSc thesis will be started in S3 and you can choose only 5 ECTS optional courses in S3

** No ECTS but an official language certificate

EgeU - Ege University
(Izmir – Turkey)
Course name ECTS
Hybrid Breeding 3
Vegetable Breeding 4
QTL Analysis 3
Fruit Breeding/Genetics 3
Grapevine Breeding/Genetics 4
Gene Technologies and Biosafety 4
Biochemical Changes during Fruit Maturation 3
Pilot Case 3 2
Big Data 2
Bio informatics 2
Turkish *
Total 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis 30
Turkish *
Total 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Master thesis during S4

In S4 the students will write their Master thesis, in UH they can already start with their thesis in S3.
During their thesis they have several possibilities:

a) Stay at their host university and use their facilities and equipment
b) Perform a collaborative project with a seed company or another research center in the country of their host university (max 3 months)
c) Perform a collaborative project in a partner university, seed company or research center abroad (Programme or Partner Country) (max. 3 months)

 

In b) and c) the student will spend 3 months at the Y2 University and 3 months at the partner organisation during S4.

Internships regulations

The regulations at LAS for the S2 internships are a minimum duration of 8 weeks and a maximum of 14 weeks at an organisation linked to the field of studies.

Internships in S4 can be carried out either at a company or a research organisation linked to plant breeding in the host country or abroad (collaborative projects between the host university and the company/research organisation). They are not mandatory but encouraged. For internships abroad the duration is maximum 3 months.

Last updated : October 5, 2018