The teaching is diverse, consisting of modern laboratory and computer courses, field courses, seminars and excursions. The curriculum is intertwined with research. You will be introduced to the research groups from the beginning of your studies, so you will become familiar with research methods as your studies progress. Much of the study material is in various 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 optional study modules and focus on:
- 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 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.
Choosing the Study Modules
By choosing study modules you find interesting you will be able to deepen your expertise in particular areas of plant biology. 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, 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.
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 plant science), 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 it can contain career planning or transferable skill studies. Please find below the IPS degree structure as a simplified figure and under the figure the IPS degree structure and a two-year model syllabus as a detailed excel.