Plant Biotechnology
(Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Attention: this programme was renamed for the winter semester 2022/23 (previously: "Molecular and Applied Plant Science").

The bachelor’s degree programme in Plant Biotechnology (B.Sc.) offers intensified training in molecular and applied plant science. Students learn both molecular biological/biochemical content and, to a lesser extent, application-related aspects, e.g. with regard to plant breeding, plant nutrition and plant cultivation. In addition, students gain a broad basic education in science: chemistry, physics, mathematics, biostatistics and biology. In the fifth and sixth semesters, students have the opportunity to specialise as they see fit by choosing compulsory elective modules.

The aim of the degree programme is to provide students with a basic education in science and biology, focusing on molecular biology and biochemistry. Besides providing students with a broad scientific foundation, the programme is also a good starting point for differentiated life science research in university or non-university areas.

The degree programme is the only one of its kind in Lower Saxony. Due to its plant-focused profile, the programme differs from a conventional bachelor’s degree programme in biology. This profile is oriented towards molecular biology/biochemistry or plant biotech with a strong emphasis on practical application. This is used to develop and apply biotechnological and genetic engineering methods, as well as methods for technological impact assessment and the classification of the biological safety of plants. While the bachelor’s programme in biology therefore essentially covers the entire breadth of the life sciences, the bachelor’s programme in plant biotechnology focuses on the plant sciences, forging a link between basic and applied plant sciences.

Course Content

  • Grounding in science (chemistry, physics, mathematics, biostatistics and biology)
  • Intensified training in molecular and applied plant science with both molecular biological/biochemical content and application-related aspects
  • Individual specialisation by choosing compulsory elective modules
  • A good starting point for differentiated life science research in university or non-university areas
Course Structure

Semester 1:

  • Cell Biology (6 CP)
  • Genetics (6 CP)
  • Botany (6 CP)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (6 CP)
  • Mathematics for Biology (6 CP)

Semester 2:

  • Plant Physiology (6 CP)
  • Organic Chemistry (6 CP)
  • Physics for Biology (6 CP)
  • Horticultural Plant Production (6 CP)
  • Soft Skills Modules (2-6 CP)

Semester 3:

  • Microbiology (6 CP)
  • Crop Breeding and Genetics (6 CP)
  • Biochemistry (6 CP)
  • Zoology (6 CP)
  • Processing and Analysis of Biological Data (6 CP)

Semester 4:

  • Plant Biotechnology (6 CP)
  • Biostatistics (6 CP)
  • Plant Nutrition / Soil Science (6 CP)
  • Measurement and Regulation of Growth Factors (6 CP)
  • Soft Skills Modules (2-6 CP)

Semester 5:

  •  Compulsory elective modules (30 CP)

Semester 6:

  • Specialisation module (12 CP)
  • Research Conception, including Colloquium for the bachelor’s thesis (6 CP)
  • Bachelor’s thesis (12 CP)
Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in science
  • An interest in plant science
  • Although students are not required to complete practical training or an apprenticeship before embarking on the programme, such training, apprenticeships or experience working in the lab or in commercial horticulture are by all means invaluable and worthwhile.
  • Foreign students must have an adequate knowledge of German corresponding to language level C1 CEFR.
Career Opportunities
  • The professional qualification of B.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology qualifies graduates to embark on basic research or applied horticultural research, or to undertake commercial plant production.
  • Work in research departments and institutions of globally operating companies
  • Work in ministries
  • A career with small and medium-sized enterprises involved in plant breeding, propagation or production
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

This degree programme is admission-free.
If you did not graduate from a German school nor have a German higher education entrance qualification (for example, the Abitur), a language certificate proving your knowledge of German is required for the application and enrollment.

Application Deadlines

01.06.-30.09. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only enrol for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also enrol for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover