• What does the course involve?
  • Professional career
  • Enrolment
  • Specifications

Each minor includes lectures, training and field visits and you will apply the newly gained knowledge in a project. The year comprises the following minors:

1st Semester:

  • Minor Plant Breeding and seed production (15 ECTS)
  • Minor Advanced methods in plant breeding (15 ECTS)

2nd Semester:

  • Internship (17 ECTS)
  • Thesis (10 ECTS)
  • Personal development and Ethics (3 ECTS)


Plant Breeding and seed production

This minor focuses mainly on conventional plant breeding techniques. You will design a breeding program and execute the different steps in developing new cultivars:

  1. determine the goals/aim of the breeding program based on the analysis of crop production and market data;
  2. introduce genetic variation;
  3. assess selection trials and storing the data; design selection experiments for desired traits, while including disease tests.

In order to do this, you will follow courses on genetic variation and breeding methods, biology of seed production, breeding for resistance, experimental design and analysis of field trial data. You will work on a project in which you will further develop your organisation as well as your presentation skills.


Advanced methods in plant breeding

This minor focuses on the advanced methods used in plant breeding. You will search for genetic markers to select for different traits and identify the possibilities for genetic modification in the different stages of the breeding program (variation, recombination, selection and propagation). Besides, you will analyse big datasets of selection trails to advise with which material the breeder should continue in the breeding program. Course on molecular breeding, as well as training in data analysis, clonal propagation, and in vitro techniques are offered. Through your assessment you will be able to develop the competencies to research, innovate, be self-driven and globalise.


Internship and thesis

The second semester incorporates two large sections involving a full-time internship and a Bachelor thesis. During the internship, you are challenged to further develop the necessary competencies for your preferred professional direction. The Bachelor thesis is a research report, a literature review or a business plan and it proves your applied scientific and academic expertise.


Personal development and ethics

Personal development is key in Aeres UAS Bachelor programmes. You will not only develop expertise in the field of plant breeding, but also develop the needed professional skills and attitudes to manage a project, organise your work, work within an international context and in a team, present to different target groups, perform applied research and innovate in your daily work. These professional skills and attitudes will be assessed at the end of the programme.

As a graduated Bachelor you have to be able to deal responsibly with ethical aspects in general and breeding techniques in particular. You will develop your own code of behaviour based on your personal values and standards.


High quality education

All study programmes at Aeres University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO. In this way, you are ensured of high quality education as measured by international education standards. More informatie you can find on the website of NVAO.


ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the EC system. After one semester in a course, students’ progress and results are assessed in a meeting of the lecturers teaching and assessing the course. This meeting is meant to identify students with possible progress problems. At the end of the course , students’ progress and results are assessed again. The award of a degree or diploma and pertinent qualification follows the award of all course credits leading to that award. Find out more about the ECTS - guide.

This Bachelor programme will make you an eligible candidate for jobs like: 

  • Research assistant at a seed company
  • Assistant breeder
  • Seed production specialist


Successful applicants for the 1 year Bachelor degree courses must have:

  • Completed at least three years of university study in a related subject relevant to the study programme in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety       
  • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79)
  • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Essay writing is part of the selection procedure
  • Strong motivation to be successful in the sector
  • Team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
  • Funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means

More information about admission.


How to apply

The application procedure consists of two steps. The first step is to complete the application form on our website and send in your CV and motivation letter, indicating which course you would like to apply for. Our application committee will inform you about the result. If you are eligible, the second step is an invitation for an intake interview and a paper-based English test or you can submit proof of English proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS. Processing of the applications will commence in October. Read all about the application voor EU-students and Non EU-students here.

Bachelor programme Plant Breeding
Title/ Degree  Bachelor of Applied Biology
Faculty  Almere 
Start of programme  September 
Duration of programme  1 years 
Number of credits  60 ECTS 
Type of programme  Full-time 
Language of instruction  English 
Country of study programme  NL 
Internship(s)  yes 
Accrediation  NVAO 
Application deadlines  1 April - NON-EU students 
  1 June - EU students 
Tuition fee 

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