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Plant Science / Pflanzenwissenschaft

Master universitario

Universität Basel UNIBAS

Luogo di formazione

Basilea (BS)

Lingua di insegnamento


Tipo di formazione

Università e politecnici

Modalità temporali

Tempo pieno


Natura, scienze naturali

Indirizzi di studio




Aggiornato il 09.05.2022


Descrizione della formazione

Within the Basel life science program, the Department of Environmental Sciences offers a comprehensive 1.5 year Master's course in Plant Science for graduates with a background in biology (B Sc in biology or equivalent). The cornerstone of this course is an individual research project in one of the areas of plant science of about one year duration. The project ends with a written Master's thesis. The practical part is complemented by lectures, seminars, and excursions. The course builds upon the strength of the Department in the areas of physiological plant ecology, plant-microbe interactions, ecosystem sciences and sustainable land use. The program benefits greatly from the leadership of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, a network integrating more than 600 scientists interested in plant science.

Focal area of teaching and research

The core of the program is the Master's thesis. Here you participate actively with your own research project in current research efforts of a team of plant scientists. You will combine your practical research project with courses designed to broaden your knowledge in plant- and ecosystem sciences and ecology. With a M Sc degree in Plant Science, you will have acquired cutting-edge research capabilities in your chosen field of specialization, as well as broad general knowledge in plant- and ecosystem biology. This will enable you to enter a PhD program in all areas of biology, and to grasp opportunities in the agro-, pharma- and biotech-industries as well as in public research units and private enterprises in the domains of ecology and life sciences. 

Main topics include:

  • Physiological plant ecology: Plant water relations - plant responses to drought – carbon balance and plant growth.
  • Ecosystem sciences: Biodiversity and ecosystem services – stable isotope biogeochemistry – sustain­able land use.
  • Plant-microbe interactions: Microbial ecology in the soil and rhizosphere – mycorrhizal symbiosis. 

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program (B Sc in biology or equivalent). The program awards 90 ECTS credits in total. The Master’s degree program Plant Science is a so-called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies.

Piano di formazione

One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Curriculum master studies ECTS
Specialized Master’s degree program Plant Science
Master’s thesis 50
Master’s examination 10
Courses (of which 18 ECTS must be taken within the Plant Science course offerings) 30
Total 90

Combinazione di indirizzi

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Master’s degree program Plant Science does include an elective subject; however, no other subjects are required.

Descrizione della materia secondaria / minor

It is possible to study biology in combination with a second subject from the Faculty of Humanities or the sports sciences.


Condizioni d'ammissione


The following degree allows for direct admission to the Master's degree program Plant Science: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology from the University of Basel. Other Swiss or foreign degrees from an education institution recognized by the University of Basel require approval by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.

Binding information under:



Application under; the application fee amounts to CHF 100.-. Application deadline for the fall semester is April 30, for the spring semester the deadline ends November 30.


The letter of admission also informs students on the procedure of enrollment. In general, students with a Swiss educational background do not have to be present in person for enrollment.


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Die Anmeldegebühr von CHF 100.- wird nicht rückerstattet, falls das Studium nicht aufgenommen wird.
Begründete verspätete Anmeldungen erfordern eine Zusatzgebühr von CHF 150.-


Pro Semester (auch für Prüfungssemester) ist eine Pauschale von CHF 850.- (+ CHF 10.- freiwilliger Beitrag für die Studierendenschaft skuba) einzuzahlen.
Hinzu kommen je nach Fachrichtung noch Auslagen für Studienliteratur sowie Lebenshaltungskosten.


  • Master università/politecnico

Master of Science in Plant Science (MSc) der Universität Basel



A Master of Science in Biology qualifies for a doctorate in biochemistry, biophysics, botany, computational biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, structural biology, cell biology or zoology. Transfaculty doctorates are possible in the fields of epidemiology, history of the sciences, medical-biological research and pharmacology.

The doctoral studies last roughly three years. After the acceptance of the dissertation there follows an oral examination covering the postgraduate studies in the doctoral subject.

Teaching diploma for secondary schools

he teaching diploma enables teaching within the general school system at the Secondary Level II and is based on the academic degree at Master’s level of a university in one or two subjects. Also see:

Informazioni pratiche

Luogo / indirizzo

  • Basilea (BS)

Svolgimento temporale


The program is to be started preferably in fall but can also be started in the spring semester.


The Master’s program lasts three to four semesters. There are no restrictions on the duration of study.

Modalità temporali

  • Tempo pieno

Lingua di insegnamento

  • inglese

The language of instruction is English. The Master’s thesis is generally to be written in English.


Guidelines and regulations


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Tag der offenen Tür

Im Januar findet ein Infotag für Schulklassen statt.
Jeweils im September stellen sich die einzelnen Fächer an den Informationsabenden für Maturand/innen ("Live aus der Uni Basel") vor.
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Reglemente der Fakultät

  • Ordnung für die Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge sowie die Doktoratsstudien an der Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel
  • Wegleitungen und allfällige Stundenpläne für die einzelnen Fächer sind auf den entsprechenden Websites veröffentlicht.


Informazioni / contatto

Study Counselors for the Master Program Plant Science

Prof. Ansgar Kahmen, Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Physiological Plant Ecology, Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel, e-mail:

Prof. Klaus Schläppi, Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Plant Microbe Interactions, Bernoullistrasse 32, 4056 Basel, e-mail:

Studies Secretariat Biology

Susan Kaderli, Biozentrum, Spitalstrasse 41, 4056 Basel, T +41 61 207 14 35,, e-mail:

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