Swedish name: Masterprogrammet i växt- och skogsbioteknik
This programme syllabus is valid: HT14 and until further notice
Programme code: NAVÄM
Credit points: 120
Registration number: FS 3.1.3-142-14
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2014-02-19
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT(Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section), A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university containing 60 ECTS biology, 30 of which should be plant biology and cell and molecular biology. Chemistry 15 ECTS. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester (for more information, See http://www.umu.se/english/education/master/eligibility).
Chapter 1 , Section 9 of the Higher Education Act: Advanced university education shall be based principally on the knowledge the students have acquired during their basic university education or on equivalent knowledge.
Advanced university education shall further develop a student’s knowledge, skills and abilities acquired at the basic university education level and shall also,
Knowledge and understanding
To be granted a Master’s degree, the student must
Knowledge and understanding
To be granted a Master's degree in the main field of study Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, the student, in addition to the national goals shall;
Examination normally takes place at the end of each course, is verbal and/or written. It can totally or partly be replaced by continuous knowledge assessment within the context of the education, for example in the form of discussion seminars, verbal and/or written reports etc.
Students that have been failed in an examination will be given the opportunity to participate in further examinations in accordance with the regulations specified in the course syllabus. Students that have failed twice in an examination have the right to take the examination once again via the department board requesting that another teacher is selected to determine the grade in a new examination.
Grades are awarded for each course and if applicable are assessed also for parts of a course. Grading takes place when all examinations and all compulsory elements, for example field trips, project reports and written assignments have been looked at. Unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus, the grades Pass or Pass with Credit are awarded. If you have already achieved a Pass grade, it is not permitted to resit an examination to acquire a higher grade.
The student has the right of assessment to find out whether a previous education or activity can be accepted in the form of an academic credit transfer. For further information, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6, Sections 6-8 and:
A negative decision regarding academic credit transfer is possible to appeal against to the Higher Education Appeals Board. A negative decision must also be motivated in writing.
The Master's programme comprises 120 university credits and includes basic courses, elective courses and optional courses. The education is located in Umeå.
Throughout the entire programme, theoretical teaching is combined with laboratory exercises. The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, lessons, group instruction and supervision in connection with laboratory experiments, group work or project work. The laboratory experiments are normally compulsory. It is expected that the studies will be conducted on a full-time basis. A working week comprises approximately 40 hours normally, including own studies and exercises. The course literature is in English and the teaching normally takes place in English.
For the basic courses, the student has guaranteed admission.
Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, 15 university credits
Growth and Development of Plants, 15 university credits
Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Breeding, 15 university credits
Biology and Biotechnology in Forest Production Systems, 15 university credits
On an elective course, the student has a guaranteed place from a selection of courses which are the equivalent of full-time studies, but there is no guarantee of first choice.
Computational and systems biology, 15 university credits
Functional Plant Genomics, 15 university credits
Project course in Plant Molecular Biology/Plant Biology, 15 university credits
In the Master's Programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology, the student can choose 30 university credits of optional courses.
Optional courses are applied for in open competition.
|Year 1||Plant Cell and |
|Growth and |
|Biology and |
|Year 2||Option 1||Elective/optional course |
15 university credits
|Elective/optional course |
15 university credits
|Degree project |
30 university credits
|Option 2||Degree project |
60 university credits
Deferral of commencement of study may be granted if there are special reasons for doing so:
Examples of special reasons are illness, pregnancy, care of children or other responsibility for nursing etc. Your application should be sent in writing to StudentCentrum (the Student Centre).
A negative decision on deferral of commencement of study may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.
A negative decision on being allowed to resume studies after a break in study may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board.
Students who leave the study programme must notify the programme study guidance officer of the interruption of studies.
Admission to the programme takes place once a year, starting in the autumn term.