Structure and content

The Master’s Programme in Integrative Plant Sciences (previously the Master's Programme in Plant Biology) is a joint programme of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which ensures an exceptionally comprehensive curriculum. You will be able to study the diversity of wild and cultivated plants from the Arctic to the Tropics, as well as plant functions from the molecular level, such as ontogeny and regulation of growth and differentiation, to the ecosystem level.

English is the main teaching language. Because the programme is multilingual, you can take your examinations, write your thesis and fulfil other programme requirements in English, Finnish or Swedish.

The extent of the programme is 120 credits (ECTS), to be completed in two years of full-time studies. The degree consists of:

  • 80 credits of advanced studies (in integrative plant sciences), including Master’s thesis (30 credits)
  • 40 credits of other studies from this programme or other programmes

The curriculum contains a personal study plan and can contain career planning, transferable skill studies, exchange studies at another university, or an internship or apprenticeship period.

You can find below the degree structure 2020-2023 of the Integrative Plant Sciences as a simplified figure. Under the figure, you can download the IPS degree structure 2020-2023 and the two-years' IPS model syllabus 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 as a detailed pdf.

Degree structure of the Master's Programme in Integrative Plant Sciences 2020-2023

 
*Note that the old PBIO-xxx codes are changed to the new IPS-xxx codes (Integrative Plant Sciences)

As a joint programme of two faculties, the programme can offer an exceptionally comprehensive curriculum. You study the diversity of wild and cultivated plants from the Arctic to the Tropics, as well as plant functions from the molecular level, such as ontogeny and regulation of growth and differentiation, to the ecosystem level.

The teaching is diverse, consisting of lectures, modern laboratory and computer courses, field courses, seminars and excursions. The curriculum is closely intertwined with research. You will be introduced to the research groups from the beginning of your studies, so you will swiftly become familiar with research methods as your studies progress. Much of the study material is in various digital learning platforms (such as Moodle), which allow distance learning. You will have a personal tutor who will help you tailor an individual study plan according to your requirements.

Within the programme, you can choose among several alternative study modules and focus on, for example:

  • Plant biotechnology and breeding
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Regulation of growth, reproduction and differentiation of tissues
  • Biological basis of crop yield
  • Plants and environmental change
  • Diversity and systematics of plants and fungi
  • Species identification

All modules are worth at least 15 credits. They are interlinked to ensure a coherent and balanced degree that allows you to obtain a broad perspective. Alternatively, you can focus on your primary research interest while acquiring the skills needed to follow your career goals on completion of your degree.

A translational perspective is emphasised in courses in which it is relevant. That will allow you to apply the acquired basic knowledge in problem-based research, bridging the gap between basic and applied research.

The advanced studies (80 credits) consist of joint courses (20 credits), two alternative study modules (30 credits) and the Master's thesis (30 credits).

With your choices of alternative study modules, you can deepen your expertise in particular areas of integrative plant sciences. Your degree can thus be tailored depending on your aspirations, whether you want to be a university researcher, entrepreneur, or environmental/agricultural consultant. You will also be free to pick individual courses from any module to your optional studies, without having to take all courses in it. However, each module is a coherent entity so we recommend that you take all of the courses in it.

You will have a personal tutor who will help you tailor an individual study plan according to your requirements.

Within the programme, you can choose among several study modules:

  • IPS-110 Plant Growth and Developmental Biology, 15 cr
  • IPS-120 Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 15 cr
  • IPS-130 Advanced Plant Molecular Biology, 15 cr
  • IPS-140 Plants in Their Environment, 15 cr
  • IPS-150 Subarctic Ecology and Flora, 15 cr
  • IPS-160 Taxonomy and Systematics, 15 cr
  • IPS-170 Diversity and Distribution of Plants and Fungi, 15 cr

All the modules are worth at least 15 credits. They are interlinked to ensure a coherent and balanced degree that allows you to obtain a broad perspective. Alternatively, you can focus on your primary research interest while acquiring the skills needed to follow your career goals on completion of your degree. A translational perspective is emphasised in courses in which it is relevant. That will allow you to apply the acquired basic knowledge in problem-based research, bridging the gap between basic and applied research.

More information about the alternative study modules as well as the other courses.