Plant Breeding

Plant breeding

1 year
Education type
Bachelor programme
Field of interest
Field of interest
Plant sciences

The study programme

As the world population continues to grow rapidly, so does the demand for food. The food industry depends heavily on crop farmers, who have to contend with erosion, soil deterioration, drought, insect pests and plant diseases. This is where you come in. As a budding assistant plant breeder, assistant researcher or seed production specialist, you will develop resilient crop cultivars that ensure sustainable crop production. Our Plant Breeding programme prepares you for this with a combination of courses, research assignments, an internship and assessments for seed companies that we work closely with. So, are you going to play your part in providing global food security?

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Admission requirements

This is how you get admitted

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Practical matters

What you need to know...

  • Application
    • Start date for this programme: 1 September
    • Application open as of: 1 October
    • Application deadline for non-EU applicants: 1 April
    • Application deadline for applicants from the EU: 1 May

    You can apply through Studielink. Studielink is an online application tool in the Netherlands that allows your enrolment details to be automatically forwarded to Aeres University of Applied Sciences.

    On this page, you will find more information about your application.

  • Fees and funding
    • Tuition fee for students from the EU 2024-2025: €2.530,-
    • Tuition fee for students from outside the EU 2024-2025: €9.434,-
    • Non-EU applicants can apply forThe NL Scholarship

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A student's perspective

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Programme content

This is what you will learn

Year 1

We developed this programme for those who are interested in a career as an assistant breeder or as a research assistant in breeding or seed production at a seed company. On successful completion, you will be able to design, organise and implement a breeding programme, analyse data of marker assisted selections, and determine the best way to genetically modify crops at the different stages of the breeding programme. This is a 1-year programme made up of two minors in the first semester, which consist of courses, excursions, training sessions and assessments for the breeders of Dutch seed companies. In the second semester, you will do an internship and write a graduation thesis.


Your options after graduation

  • Career opportunities

    Once you have successfully completed the Plant Breeding programme, you will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology. These are some of the career opportunities to look forward to:

    • Assistant breeder
    • Research assistant at a seed company
    • Seed production specialist
  • Experience from a former student

    From the moment I first heard about plant breeding, I knew it was my passion. The study programme Plant Breeding offered a broad and in-depth introduction to both the theory and practical applications of this field.

    My previous education in Applied Biology with a specialization in plants provided a strong foundation for this study programme. Throughout the programme, I learned various modules that together formed an applicable whole. This integrated learning process was particularly valuable to me because it helped me apply the theory directly to practice. What I appreciate most about this programme is the practical application of the acquired knowledge. I learned how to make selections, set up breeding schemes, and substantiate my choices. These skills are essential for my future career and have given me the confidence to be successful in the field.

    Nouk Geelen, Alumnus Plant Breeding