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Master programme in Plant Science

120 credits

This specialization will not be offered in 2024. We plan to give it again, modified, in 2025. 


Plants use intricate systems for growth, development, transport and metabolism to cope with adverse environmental conditions, but also have considerable capacity to adapt genetically to both biotic and abiotic factors. An understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these features is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines.

This program focusses on plant biology, evolution and biodiversity. You will gain knowledge and understanding of how plants function at different levels of organisation, from the molecular to the eco-physiological level. During the program, you practice relevant methodology since field trips and laboratory work are integrated parts of many courses. You will learn about the mechanisms that are involved in plant evolution, distribution and diversity, as well as how mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will also study how plants interact with other organisms and their ability to adapt to environmental change. The teachers are active researchers and you will gain insight in plant research on the molecular, cell, physiological and ecological level.

You have the possibility to direct your studies toward your own specific interests.

The program comprises two years of full-time studies (120 credits), with at least 90 credits at advanced level in Biology. Teaching is carried out in the form of courses, primarily in modules worth 15 credits and a Degree project for one or two semesters.

Get some inspiration to what the Master's programmes leads to. You find completed Master's degree projects in biology on LUP Student Papers.

Recommended course of study

You choose among around 15 advanced level courses in Biology. You may also choose some courses from other disciplines. Together with the study advisor you can create an individual course of study. Please note that many of the advanced courses in Biology have other prerequisites than the Master’s Programme in Biology itself. 

Year 1




Year 2



Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass:

Compulsory Courses 15 credits:

  • BIOR76 Plant Function or Plant Evolution and Adaptation BIOR77  

Elective Courses, at least 45 credits:

  • Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis BINP11
  • Genetic Analysis I BIOR59
  • Genetic Analysis II BIOR60
  • Methods in Molecular Biology BIOR79
  • Modelling Biological Systems BIOS13
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution BIOR25
  • Molecular Biotechnology BIOR31
  • Plant Systematics and Diversity BIOR72
  • Population and Community Ecology BIOR69
  • Processing and Analysis of Biological Data BIOS14
  • Plant Function BIOR67
  • Plant Evolution and Adaptation BIOR77
  • Soil and Plant Ecology BIOR78

Optional Courses, 0-30 credits

Master´s degree project in biology BIOM02/BION02/BION03, 30/45/60 credits

Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialization in Plant Science

Small plant growing out of soil. Photo.
Biology - Plant Science


This program will not be offered 2024. 


Lotta Persmark, Study advisor, biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (Lotta[dot]Persmark[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se)