International Programmes 2023/2024

Master of Science in AgriGenomics Master of Science in AgriGenomics

Kiel University • Kiel

Master of Science (MSc) in AgriGenomics
Teaching language
  • English


Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

The deadline for applications for the winter semester is 15 April every year.

Please submit your applications for the winter semester 2024/25 between 1 March and 15 April 2024.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

In the past decade, the knowledge of genome composition and gene function has increased tremendously. The shift from single gene to whole genome analysis and the complete sequencing of higher eucaryotic genomes offer the possibility to study how all genes work together. These recent developments in genomics have great impact on agricultural research. Genome resequencing will give further insights into evolutionary processes and how modern crops and livestock arose from their ancestors. Furthermore, we can genotypically select individuals based on whole genome sequences or whole genome chip arrays.

There is an increasing demand for specialists who understand both the fundamentals of agricultural production and the application of genomics for breeding and cultivation of crops and livestock.

Course organisation

The Master's programme will require four semesters of courses including a Master's thesis. Successful students will receive a full-time, postgraduate Master's degree (Master of Science, MSc). Using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), students' achievements will be transferable to other universities.

The Master's programme will be structured into ten mandatory and six elective modules, which will encompass lectures, seminars, practical courses and excursions. Classes will take place on Kiel University campus in Kiel. Optionally, off-campus internships at partner research institutes or German life science and breeding companies can be included in the curriculum.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

An enrolment fee ("Einschreibgebühr") of 55 EUR is charged for the first enrolment at Kiel University. A semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") currently amounting to 277 EUR must be paid each semester at Kiel University. This covers free public transport ("landesweites Semesterticket") for trains and buses in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, reduced lunch prices, and other benefits for students.

Costs of living

The monthly costs of living in Germany are currently at least 934 EUR per month. Please note that when applying for a visa (from countries requiring a visa) and also later in Germany when extending a residence permit, financial means in the amount of the living costs for one year (11,208 EUR) must be proven.

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Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements
  • Successful applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture or Biology with special knowledge in Genetics, Zoology or Botany with an ECTS grade of B- or higher.
  • In countries in which a Master's degree is a postgraduate degree, admission to a Master's programme normally requires holding a Bachelor's degree (in the United Kingdom, Canada and much of the Commonwealth, an "honours" Bachelor's degree), although relevant work experience may qualify a candidate.
  • Progressing to a doctoral programme often requires that the candidate first earns a Master's degree.
Language requirements

As all classes are given in English, a good level of English (written as well as spoken) is mandatory. Accepted as proof for language proficiency are:

  • 580 points in TOEFL-paper based (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • 230 points in TOEFL-computer based (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • 90 points in TOEFL-internet based (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • 6.5 band score in IELTS, no band less than six (International English Language Testing System)
  • Eight years of English classes at German Schools in "Sekundarstufe I und II"
  • A stay of six months in a native English-speaking country
Application deadline

The deadline for applications for the winter semester is 15 April every year.

Please submit your applications for the winter semester 2024/25 between 1 March and 15 April 2024.

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