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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.

 

3 different institutions are possible during the first year: Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle in France or Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden or Szent István University in Hungary.

ULS - INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE UNILASALLE
(Beauvais - France)
Course name ECTS
Cross culture & Ethics 1
Introduction to seed business 2
Introduction to algorithmic 1
Statistics 3
Plant Reproduction Systems 2
Fundamental Genetics 3
Breeding strategies 3
Introduction to Plant Pathology 3
Ecophysiology 2
Experimental design 3
Population genetics 2
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
Plant genetic resources and diversity 2
Quantitative Genetics 3
Seed and Plant Production and Certification 3
Breeding strategies and methods of selection 3
Relational databases - Phenotyping 4
Job marketing 1
Internship + Minor Thesis 5
Pilot case 2 2
Intellectual Property & Plant Breeders’ Rights 2
Summer Breeding Field Camp -
French as a Foreign Language **
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

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 *
Summer Breeding Field Camp *
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

SZIU - SZENT ISTVáN UNIVERSITY
(Gödöllő – Hungary)
Course name ECTS
Introductory R 3
Plant reproduction and reproduction biology 3
Applied genetics 4
Molecular genetics 4
Plant physiology and stress biology 3
Microbiology and microbial biotechnology 5
Basics of plant breeding 3
Pilot Case 1 3
Hungarian studies 1 (language and culture) 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
Molecular biology and gene technology methodology 4
Plant variety, seed testing and certification 4
Functional and structural plant genomics 4
Experimental design and evaluation 3
Explorative analysis and data visualisation in R 3
Aims and results in plant breeding 5
Scientific literature in English 3
Pilot Case 2 2
Intellectual Property & Plant Breeders’ Rights 2
Summer Breeding Field Camp -
Hungarian studies 2 (language and culture) **
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

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.

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.

 

4 different institutions are possible during the first year: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Austria or Università Degli Studi di Milano in Italy or Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain or Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle in France.

For some of them, their access depends on the first year mobility track. Check the mobility tracks here.

 

Courses followed during the 2nd year will depend on the 1st year university where you were. Additional requirements could also be asked such as additional internship between the 1st and 2nd years for example. Check below the list of courses depending on the 1st year university.

BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
(Vienna – Austria)
Course name ECTS if you come from SZIU ECTS if you come from ULS ECTS if you come from SLU
Compulsory courses
Experimental design and analysis of field and laboratory trials - 3 3
Molecular plant breeding 3 3 3
Molecular plant breeding practical 4 4 4
Master seminar 2 2 2
Plant breeding - principles and methods 3 - 3
Plant breeding - principles and methods - practical exercises 3 3 3
Quantitative Genetics for Plant Breeders 3 - 3
Pilot Case 3 2 2 2
Big Data 2 2 2
Bio informatics 2 2 2
Compulsory Electives- Choose 6 ECTS (except from SLU, choose 3 ECTS)
Resistance breeding of crop plants 3 3 3
Molecular mechanisms of fungal virulence and plant resistance 3 3 3
Gene technology for plant pathologists 3 3 3
Molecular evolution and phylogenetics 1 1 1
Global change and pest management 3 3 3
Plant metabolomics 5 5 5
Aspects of product quality in plant production 4 4 4
Bioinformatics lab rotation 2 2 2
Genetics of diversity 3 3 3
Quantitative animal genetics 6 6 6
Any course from BOKU university 3 3 3
Total 30 30 30

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis 30
Total 30
UMIL - Università Degli Studi di Milano
(Milano – Italy)
Course name ECTS if you come from ULS ECTS if you come from SLU
Molecular methods for plant breeding 6 6
Plant molecular biology 6 -
Marketing to breeding 6 6
Basic statistics and experimental design - 6
Plant breeding - 6
Development of crop ideotypes 6 -
Pilot Case 3 2 2
Big Data 2 2
Bio informatics 2 2
Italian as a foreign language * *
Total 30 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis 30
Total 30
UPV - Universitat Politècnica de València
(Valencia- Spain)
Course name ECTS if you come from SZIU ECTS if you come from ULS ECTS if you come from SLU
Plant Breeding for Resistance to Stresses 5 5 -
Breeding for Crop Quality 5 - 5
Fruit (Tree) Species Breeding 5 5 5
Ornamental Plant Breeding 5 5 5
Transgenic Plants 4 4 4
Statistical methods for plant breeding - - 5
Molecular markers in plant breeding - 5 -
Pilot Case 3 2 2 2
Big Data 2 2 2
Bio informatics 2 2 2
Total 30 30 30

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis 30
Total 30
ULS - Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle
(Beauvais - France)
Course name ECTS if you come from SLU
Internship (Oral defence) 5
Modelling 2
Statistics 3
Breeding strategies 3
Seed contracts, marketing & logistics 2
Plant Biology & Biotechnology 6
High throughput phenotyping 1
Philosophy of science 2
Pilot Case 3 2
Big Data 2
Bio informatics 2
French as a foreign language *
Total 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Joint courses

Course name ECTS
Master Thesis done at ULS 30
French as a foreign language *
Total 30

* No ECTS but an official language certificate

Master thesis during S4

In S4 the students will write their Master thesis.
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
c) Perform a collaborative project in a partner university, seed company or research center abroad (Programme or Partner Country)

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.

Last updated : October 14, 2020