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Plant Breeding (Online) MSc

Online Wageningen University & Research    Life Sciences

Part time September MSc 2 years

About the course

Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of plant varieties for food, feed and industrial uses. New varieties have to meet current demands regarding yield, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems. Plant Breeding involves a variety of aspects, ranging from the molecular level to the population level and requires knowledge on the physiology, ecology and genetics of cultivated plants. The use of various molecular techniques contributes enormously to the rapid identification of genes for natural resistance and is essential for accelerating the selection process by marker-assisted breeding.

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Student Profile(s)

Christina Kothes

Christina Kothes is one of our first students who participated in the online MSc programme in Plant Breeding and has agreed to share her story with us. She started the programme in September of 2015. She is 34 years old and lives on her parent’s dairy farm in Viersen, Germany. In 2015 she graduated and obtained a BSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Studying online enables her to combine work and study, which was an important reason for her to choose this new online programme at Wageningen University.

Why did you choose Wageningen University for your Master of Science?

“I have a huge interest in Plant Sciences and therefore participated in the summer school “Green Genetics” which was organized by Wageningen University back in 2012. I really enjoyed the week of theoretical and practical trainings. About a year ago, I read on the internet about the online Master specialisation in Plant Breeding, and I was immediately interested. Wageningen University is one of the world’s leading universities for Agriculture and Plant Sciences, and therefore seemed like a good choice for me.”

Since September 2015 you are following the online Master programme. What are your first impressions of the programme?

“I am really happy to get the opportunity of studying at Wageningen University and also to have a multicultural environment within the group of my fellow students. I believe that the programme offers an excellent opportunity to combine life-long learning and work, and I am glad that I have found this programme. Distance learning and studying online is a way of really profiting from today’s modern learning environments and really utilizes the opportunities that technology provides us with.”

What are your plans for the future?

“By following this programme, I am hoping that I can keep on developing my knowledge in Plant Breeding and through that move on to a job in the Research and Development Department of EURALIS. There, I would like to become a maize breeder.”


This scholarship supports talented students from a number of Non-EU countries. If you are selected you will get a one-time payment of €5000. This will be transferred to your Dutch bank account during the first year of your study. A candidate can be awarded multiple Holland Scholarships, up to a maximum of three (€ 15.000).

Value of Scholarship(s)



- You are an excellent applicant from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan or the USA*.
- You have been unconditionally admitted to one of our campus-based master programmes.
- A complete financial plan of the total costs of your study along with a ranking sheet or a reference letter of your previous educational institution as proof of your excellence.

Application Procedure

1. Check if you meet the scholarship requirements as mentioned below.
2. Download and fill out the financial plan.
3. Click the Apply button and upload your financial plan and application form.
4. Apply for the Holland Scholarship by submitting the form.
5. Finish your application before 1 May 2020.

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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme is organised by Nuffic Neso and gives talented students, both bachelor's as master's students, the opportunity to study at Wageningen University & Research.

Wageningen University & Research has a maximum of 30 scholarships available, spread over the following countries: Brazil, Russia, South-Africa
Vietnam and South Korea.

All applications will be evaluated by a representation of Wageningen University & Research. They will focus on excellence, the quality and feasibility of your financial plan and diversity of the awardees. All applicants will be informed about the outcome as before June 2020.

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship programme is 1 April 2020.

Value of Scholarship(s)

If you are selected for this scholarship, you will receive a reduction of 25% on the regular tuition fee for non-EU/EFTA students


- You are admitted to a master's programme at Wageningen University & Research.
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for your master's programme.
- You are a citizen of one of the Neso countries (Brazil, Russia, South-Africa, Vietnam and South Korea).

Application Procedure

1. Check the institutions and eligible courses in the OTS Scheme List on the Nuffic website.
2. Carefully check the information on the scholarship scheme of the university you wish to register for. If you meet the requirements, start the registration process to the university of your choice as soon as possible.
3. Wait for confirmation from the university that your application is in process or (conditionally) accepted.
4. After confirmation of the university, you can start the application process for the Orange Tulip Scholarship.

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The Excellence Programme is initiated by Wageningen University & Research to attract excellent students for a master’s programme, and who might have the potential to do a PhD after MSc graduation. In Wageningen or elsewhere.

You can only take part in the Excellence Programme on the invitation. During the selection process, the candidates will be requested to fill in a web form, to do an additional assignment, and might have a skype interview.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee waiver for 24 months, budget to participate in one seminar (in Europe) and budget to participate in ‘reach your full potential programme’.


In order to be part of the target group for the Excellence programme, you need to meet the following criteria:

- You come from a country outside the European Economic Area (and Switzerland).
- You have unconditional admission to one of the MSc programmes of Wageningen University.
- You have a reference letter from a professor, preferably of a high ranked institute.
- You have a high GPA.
- You can demonstrate to comply with the standard of excellence envisaged by the programme.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Admission

Apply for admission to a master's programme at Wageningen University starting in September 2020. Make sure you apply before 1 March 2020.

Step 2: Invitation to apply

Wageningen University will pre-select students who are admitted to an MSc programme and invite them by email to apply for an Excellence Scholarship. You can only apply for this scholarship if you have been invited to do so.

Step 3: Application

After you have received an invitation to apply, you will be informed in detail about the rest of the procedure. The procedure will contain an additional assignment and a (skype) interview.

Step 4: Result

By the end of May 2020, we hope to close the selection procedure and inform all the participants about the result.

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