Master Program Crop Protection

Study Program

In 2010 the international two years Master program "Crop Protection" was established at the Department of Crop Sciences, University of Göttingen, which has long successful experience in research and training and with its specialized divisions offers extensive potential for this study and research program.
The curriculum is job and research oriented and follows an interdisciplinary approach of crop protection within the larger framework of crop production systems. In addition to the advanced study courses the capability for interdisciplinary research, improvement of oral and written communication and presentation skills are focused on.
Students have to carry out a six weeks internship in areas of crop protection, preferably outside the university, in companies, in research or consulting institutions and experience the daily work environment. Specific knowledge of the respective area of work and/or research as well as social skills like work organization, team work, interdisciplinary work, flexibility will be acquired,
The two years Master program comprises of four semesters during which 120 credits (ECTS) have to be completed. The courses of advanced study contribute 81 credits, an internship of 6 weeks including a written report and oral presentations 9 credits and the master thesis including the colloquium 30 credits . The training in conceptual and practicall skills is achieved through lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, field courses and project work.


The first semester provides an intensive programme of basic studies like:
- Basic Laboratory Techniques
- Integrated Management of Pests and Diseases
- Weed Biology and Weed Management
- Pesticides- Mode of Action and application techniques
- Molecular Diagnostics and Biotechnology in Crop Protection
- Plant Nutrition and Plant Health


The second semester focuses on the compulsory module Scientific Working Methods
- Journal Club
- Scientific Writing and Presenting
- Practical statistics and Experimental Design
- Plant Diseases and Pests in Tempeate Zones
- Basics of Molecular Biology in Crop Protection

During the following semester break the internship should be completed.


In the third semester courses like
- Internship Seminar
- Virology
- Pesticides- Toxicology, Metabolism, Regulation and Registration
- Plant Herbivore Interactions
- Mycology
- Fungal Toxins
can be selected.


The last semester consists of a research project for the master thesis - including experiments, data collection and evaluation, and writing up the thesis. The thesis has to be defended in a colloquium.
The crop protection study program will cooperate with research institutions and the agrochemical industry at different levels (Internship, lectures and practical courses) and provide the opportunity to focus on the topics and tools applicable and on demand for research in national and international crop protection.