Plant Breeding Innovation

Point the way to future food security

In the face of climate change and massive global population growth, putting good food on the table has never been so challenging. Crops must be highly nutritious, productive and resilient—and that means breeding suitable varieties in faster and more effective ways.

Our new Master of Science (Plant Breeding Innovation) will prepare you to rise to this scientific challenge, by identifying new opportunities, building on scientific discoveries and applying new technologies.

What will you do?

Completed over two years full-time, the degree includes an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and online coursework, and a significant independent research project.

Your research will be conducted at the University’s renowned Waite campus—the third-largest agricultural research precinct in the world. This will give you access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the A$25m plant phenotyping facility, The Plant Accelerator, and the University of Adelaide–Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Laboratory for Plant Science and Breeding.

You will graduate equipped with:

  • a deep understanding of the key theoretical and practical aspects of cutting-edge plant breeding, and its place within science’s broader scope
  • advanced capabilities working in interdisciplinary contexts
  • high-level skills in collecting, analysing, critically evaluating and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, for a range of purposes
  • strong research design, execution and reporting skills.

You’ll also have the option of:

  • gaining valuable real-world experience through an industry internship
  • undertaking life-changing overseas study tours at esteemed international universities.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to drive plant breeding innovation anywhere in the world. You could contribute to developing crops with high yield potential and nutritional value; drought and salinity tolerance; disease and pest resistance; and the ability to thrive in a wide range of climatic conditions. If you have strong entrepreneurial instincts, you may even choose to launch your own research consultancy. Or you could extend your research further still with a PhD in plant breeding or plant biotechnology.

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