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Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding (iPAB) (M.Sc.)

International Master programme held in English: the scholarship programme of the consecutive master course of study "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding" is to impart the basic theories, methods, procedures and questions of breeding in the agricultural and forestry sciences in an interdisciplinary and research oriented approach. The foremost goal of the Master's academic programme is to enable graduates to pursue in-depth scientific work. Students become qualified for international specialist and management tasks or prepared for corresponding foreign-related research activities, thereby making them more competitive in international competition.

Programme name: Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding (M.Sc.)
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard period or study: 4 semesters
Starting semester: winter semester
Admission: limited admission (application to the Faculty)
Application: application procedure
Application deadline: February 15th of each year for Non-EU and Non-EWR-applicants, June 1st of each year for EU-and EWR applicants
Language of the programme: Englisch

Programme description
The master program "integrated Plant and Animal Areeding” (iPAB) combines plant and animal breeding. The general and subject-related goals of the course of study include, among other things, the acquisition of

  • knowledge of animal and plant breeding, its methods and procedures;
  • the ability to apply advanced academic/scientific-analytical laboratory methods or technical methods or qualitative and quantitative survey methodology and to interpret their results;.
  • the ability to process and demonstrate complex analytical and other data using agricultural sciences and bioinformatics
  • the ability to use and evaluate scientific literature, statistics and other documentation at a scientific level;
  • the ability to present test results in writing, and in oral and graphic form;
  • the ability to execute largely independent research or application-oriented projects and
  • the ability to view and evaluate the effects of animal and plant breeding taking social, scientific and ethical aspects into account.

The academic programme includes 120 credits (ECTS credits; abbreviated: C) that are awarded as follows:
a) on the subject study 78 C (including 6-week internship),
b) on the area of professionalisation (key competencies) 12 C,
c) on the master thesis (including a colloquium for master thesis) 30 C

The compulsory internship can be completed in various areas of plant and animal breeding (industry, departmental research, consulting) and provides insights into working methods, areas of responsibility and everyday professional life in plant and animal breeding.

Forms of teaching and learning
The Master's programme requires compulsory attendance with lectures, seminars, exercises, internships, projects and excursions.

Occupational fields
The knowledge imparted in the consecutive master course of study "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding" should prepare the students for their subject-specific or scientific occupational field. Agricultural scientists with the university degree "Master of Science” in "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding" can act as managers

  • in companies engaged in animal and plant breeding,
  • in operations of the agriculture and food industry,
  • in specialised consultants in the areas of breeding and production technology,
  • in national and international agricultural industry,
  • in service industries, e.g., as experts, consultants,
  • in the public sector, e.g., at agriculture chambers, ministries and departmental research
  • in international organisations,
  • at universities and in research institutions

Language knowledge
Applicants whose native language is not English must have good English language skills. The following certificates and language levels are recognized:
Cambridge English First with at least an A grade, Cambridge English Advanced with at least a C grade, Cambridge English Proficiency with at least “pass”, International English language Test System Academic with at least volume 6, “Test of English as a Foreign Language” internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) with at least 80 points, paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) with at least 550 points, “The Pearson Test of English Academic” (PTE Academic) with at least 60 points, UNIcert with at least level II or another proof according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (GeR) with at least level B2, Technical assessment or coursework after foreign stays of at least three months or University language courses in an English-speaking country corresponding to the level of the previous listed tests or a minimum of two years of study or work in a country where English is the official language.