Specialisations - Plant Science Specialisation – University of Copenhagen

Plant Science

In the specialisation Plant Science you work with individual plants and plant products, from genes to traits, genetic resources, quality parameters and postharvest biology, plant functions in relation to agricultural and horticultural production and use of plants.

Central topics are physiological and molecular methods to improve plant performance, plant responses to internal and external growth factors, interaction of plants and other organisms, nutritional composition of food, feed, energy, high value crops and ornamental plants.

Study programme

The programme includes the following elements:

  • A thesis of 45 or 60 ECTS
  • One compulsory course (15 ECTS)
  • Restricted elective courses of 30 or 45 ECTS depending on thesis size
  • Elective courses of 15 ECTS

The compulsory course

In the course "Experimental Plant Science" you gain experience in conducting experimental work in plant science on the basis of your previous acquired knowledge and skills. The course covers a range of established methods, state-of-the art and cutting edge technologies used to study plants, their development and function. The course runs over two blocks to allow studying the processes involved in growth and development of plants over longer time periods.

The aim of the course is to give in depth knowledge and understanding of key physiological and molecular function of plants and plant organs, from molecular and cellular perspectives to whole plant level. Learning, understanding and practice is obtained by combining knowledge about plants within a number of selected themes with appropriate methods and technologies used to analyse plants and plant products.

Restricted elective courses

These are key courses which you select from the list of relevant courses. To secure the focus on plant application you must choose at least one course with a production perspective. An internship (Project in Practice) can be included as a credit activity.  

Elective courses

The elective courses allow you to create your own academic and professional profile. You can choose courses which either deepen or broaden your competencies. Elective courses can be followed either at SCIENCE, at one of the other faculties at the University of Copenhagen or at other Danish and international universities.

Master thesis

You complete your programme with a thesis which is your opportunity to work for 9 or 12 months (45 or 60 ECTS) on an issue or a scientific problem within your core area of interest. If you write a 45 ECTS thesis, you have the option of writing it on either a part time or full time basis.

The thesis involves independent experimental work or collection and analysis of data. It is often carried out in collaboration with a research group or with external partners, e.g. private firms, proposing problems for which solutions are needed.  

Programme structure (thesis 45 ECTS, full time):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Experimental plant science
Year 2 Thesis

One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks

Programme structure (thesis 45 ECTS, part time):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Experimental plant science
Year 2 Thesis
Thesis

One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks

Programme structure (thesis 60 ECTS):

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Experimental plant science
Year 2 Thesis

One block is equal to 15 ECTS and nine weeks

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

The placement of restricted elective and elective courses shown in the diagram above is an example – the actual placement will vary depending on the courses chosen.

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.