Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s Programme

Published: 27 September 2022

This webpage is for students on the Plant Biology for Sustainable  Production - Master´s Programme.

Here you find information about the programme, welcome letter with core information, your course schedule, contacts and the documents that regulate the education. Navigate by clicking on the headings below.

New applicant to the programme in 2022?

There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.

Welcome letter 2022

Congratulations on your place at SLU and on the Plant Biology for Sustainable Production Master’s programme! We look forward to meeting you here in Alnarp/Uppsala this autumn.

The autumn semester 2022 will begin with a roll call.

Date: Monday 29 August

Time and place: On the pages for new students, you will find information about the study start and when the roll call for your programme begins.

On these pages, you will also find all the information you need as a new student at SLU, including information about the orientation days. The orientation days are not mandatory but we recommend that you attend them. They take place at the end of August, before the semester starts, and provide essential and useful information about your stay in Sweden and your studies at SLU.

Your first course will be Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (Alnarp) or Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (Uppsala) or Genetic and Molecular Plant Science (for students in the specialization Genetic and Molecular Plant Biology). On the course page, you will find a timetable for your classes and other course-related information. Timetables and reading lists will be published at least four weeks before the course starts.

Please make sure you also read the programme-specific information for new students.

This programme is unique in that it combines expertise from three of the strongest plant science environments in Sweden. This gives you as the student the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most prominent plant scientists in the country. All our teachers are active in cutting-edge research providing excellent training opportunities in their laboratories, and a global network in their fields.

Once again, welcome to SLU!

Ida Lager (Alnarp) and Anders Kvarnheden (Uppsala),

Directors of Studies

Admission latter part

Here you will find information about admission to latter parts of SLU programmes and how you apply.

In spring semester 2023 there are available places on the programme.

  • Year 1: 13 places (ODLA), 17 places (GENE), 11 places (VÄXT)
  • Year 2: 16 places (ODLA), 16 places (GENE), 13 places (VÄXT)


If there are more qualified applicants than available places when the application period has ended, than the applicants are ranked according to how many credits they can transfer to the degree. When the applicants have equal credentials, lottery is applied.


Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

The programme has 5 specializations and is taught in English. During the first year all courses are joint within specialization 1-4 and during the second year you choose courses within each specific specialization.

Specialization: Cultivated plant's abiotic and biotic interaction Campus: Uppsala

Specialization: Forest biotechnology. Campus: Umeå (no admittance autumn 2022)

Specialization: Plant protection and plant breeding Campus: Alnarp

Specialization: Erasmus Mundus Plant Biology, EMplant. Scholarships: Scholarships are available for a number of students at the Erasmus Mundus Specialization,

Note: for the Erasmus mundus specialization, students must also apply  at  

Specialization: Genetics and molecular plant biology Campus: Uppsala


Programme director of studies - Plant Biology for Sustainable Production

Ida Lager, Researcher at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU Alnarp
Telephone: +46 (0)40-41 5348

Assistant programme director of studies - Plant Biology for Sustainable Production

Totte Niittylä, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU Umeå
Telephone: +46 (0)90-7868434

Anders Kvarnheden, Professor at the Department of Plant Biology; Virology, SLU Uppsala
Telephone: +46 (0)18-67 3337

Contact the education officer if you have any questions about study programme regulations. Karoline Schua, phone +46 (0)40-41 5034,