How can agricultural practice and ecosystem management be improved? How do plants function at the biochemical, genetic and ecological level, and how are these processes regulated? These are just a few of the research areas that are central to the Integrative Plant Sciences programme.
This programme combines training in theoretical and practical aspects of cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and physiology with ecology, systematics and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of how plants function. Understanding biochemical processes as well as evolutionary and ecological issues and their interrelationship is essential for students in this programme. Focus on research: Plant pathologist Frank Takken
Each time a plant finds a new way to resist a specific type of fungus, the fungus develops a new strategy to circumvent the plant's resistance mechanism. Plant pathologist dr. Frank Takken studies the mechanisms involved in these attack and defence reactions between fungi and plants.
The Master's programme in Integrative Plant Sciences is unique because expertise from Amsterdam's two universities - the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam - is combined to form the cooperative Amsterdam Platform for Plant Sciences. All expertise in the field of plant sciences in Amsterdam is concentrated in this single programme, which covers a broad range of subjects unmatched anywhere else in the Netherlands. The programme brings together leading international research groups to train students as specialists with an integrative view of plant sciences. Accreditation and degree
Integrative Plant Sciences is a track of the Master's programme in Biological Sciences.
The Master's programme in Biological Sciences has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master's degree in Biological Sciences and the title of Master of Science (MSc).
Applicants must hold a Dutch Bachelor of Science degree or its equivalent in Biology. Under certain conditions, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences or Earth Sciences may be admitted.
Recipient: University of Amsterdam
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