Reasons to choose

  • Flexibility to structure your own program profile and direction
  • Opportunities to develop an international network of contacts

Programme structure

Two years of full time study, 120 ECTS credits, awarding an MSc in Genetic and Molecular and Plant Science

The programme brings together three world class Swedish universities, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). You will learn about the mechanisms of plant growth and development, gain an understanding of genetic diversity and plant breeding and find out about plant microbe interactions and how plants interact with their surroundings, including their defence strategies against insects and microorganisms. There is space left within the programme to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective or optional courses.

First year

Autumn Spring
Genetic and Molecular Plant Science (Uppsala) Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (Stockholm)
Genetic Diversity and Plant Breeding (SLU) Elective or optional course


Second year

Autumn Spring

Elective, optional course and/or degree project

Degree project


Master’s degree projects are carried out within ongoing research projects at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. It is also possible to conduct the degree project externally, at a research institute, organisation or company.

Recent degree projects

  • LACCASE Isoforms have Cell Type Specific, Non-Redundant Roles in the Secondary Cell Wall Lignification in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Role of steroid glycoalkaloids in the physiology of Phytophtora infestans
  • Accumulation and Speciation of Inorganic Arsenic in Lactuca sativa

Career prospects

Our MSc programme serves as preparation for continuation to PhD studies within the fields of plant biology, ecology and plant breeding and biotechnology. It also opens up potential job possibilities at an administrative authority or within forestry, agricultural organisations, consultancy, or plant breeding and conservation. The flexibility of the programme gives you the possibility to develop skills relevant to the job market and potential to develop your network both within Sweden and internationally.


The Genetic and Molecular Plant Science programme requires a solid background in Biology, including a basic understanding in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Plant Physiology. Specifically we expect the equivalent of a Bachelor in Biology, of which Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Plant Physiology should make up at least one semester.

We look forward to your application!