Horticulture student from Aeres University of Applied Sciences in field with tree

Would you like to contribute to future worldwide food security? Would you like to develop new crop cultivars, and learn how to direct their evolution? Then stop searching. This 1-year degree in “Plant Breeding” is tailor-made for your interests. You will work with real seed companies, analyse their breeding programs, and present advisory reports in final presentations. You will study genetic variation and breeding methods, seed production, resistance breeding, and experimental design. You will also follow courses on advanced plant breeding methods, such as transgenesis, mutagenesis, marker-assisted selection and in-vitro propagation. Several day excursions and an international excursion will introduce you to the fields and facilities of top-notch seed companies. All courses are taught in English.

Why this programme?

  • Gain international knowledge about the worldwide supply of food
  • Learn about advanced methods used in plant breeding
  • Work on your personal development 
  • After successfully completing this program, you will be able to design, organize and implement a breeding program
  • Choose your own topic of interest for your individual internship and thesis
  • Location: Almere
  • Short degree (Bachelor)
  • Duration: 1 year, full-time
  • Language: English
  • Number of credits: 60 ECTS
  • Start date: 1 September
  • Application deadline EU-students: 1 May
  • Application deadline non-EU students: 1 April
  • Tuition fee EU 2023-2024: €2314
  • Tuition fee non-EU 2023-2024: €8215

As an international student from Canada, it was a great opportunity to do my internship (and thesis) within a Dutch plant breeding company. Since the Netherlands is viewed as a world leader in agricultural and plant science, this gave me the opportunity to work amongst an influential network and develop connections with a group of professionals as my colleagues during my internship

Elise Gariepy, plant breeding student 2019-2020

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