Master of Science – Plant Breeding

Study Discipline: Science & Mathematics
Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions:Autumn Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


23 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a journey of scientific discovery and career advancement with our Master of Science in Plant Breeding. Dive into the intricacies of advanced plant breeding, unlocking new possibilities in this rapidly evolving field. This program not only enriches your knowledge but also equips you with the skills demanded by the dynamic landscape of plant breeding. Explore the latest industry insights and technological advancements, positioning yourself as a leader in the future of sustainable agriculture and food production.


Immerse yourself in the future of agriculture with Lincoln’s MSc in Plant Breeding. This program is tailored to prepare you for a rewarding career as a plant breeder in both cropping and pastoral industries. With a global demand for increased food production and sustainable growing practices, plant breeding is a crucial and in-demand role. Our curriculum aligns with internationally recognized plant breeding qualifications and stays current through collaboration with the New Zealand industry. From molecular biology to field-based breeding programs, our research and facilities cover the spectrum, fostering a comprehensive understanding. Benefit from our strong connections with local plant breeding companies and Crown Research Institute breeding programs, providing you access to leading projects and initiatives. Join us on regular field tours, gaining insights from South Island-based initiatives for both commercial and research reference.

Admission Requirements

  • For a 240 credit Master’s (thesis plus exam) you need a relevant New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses
  • For the 120-credit Master’s (thesis only) you need a relevant postgraduate Honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One equivalent or higher.
  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT Overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in Writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English Overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English 58 overall score – with no communicative skill less than 50
  • NZCEL Level 5

You’re required to complete 240 credits. This is normally made up of 120 credits of taught courses (from the regulation schedule) and a thesis worth 120 credits. Students enrolling in a thesis-only Master’s only need complete a minimum of 120 credits.

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Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the MSc in Plant Breeding program are poised for impactful career outcomes. Future roles may include leadership positions in seed companies, research institutions, agricultural consultancy firms, and government agencies. With expertise in advanced plant breeding techniques, our alumni contribute significantly to addressing global challenges in food security, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation.

Visa Requirements:

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