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Master Plant Breeding    

This Master is designed to train professionals in the area of plant breeding, enabling them to develop new varieties that are adapted to different environmental conditions, making a better use of inputs and integrating them in environmentally and economically viable agricultural systems. The Master benefits from tools of molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, biotechnology and bioinformatics in order to improve classical breeding programmes.

The specialization profile of this degree enables students to undertake technical responsibilities in this domain as well as to perform high-level scientific research. The working scope of this Master's graduates focuses on plant and seed companies, plant biotechnology enterprises, public agencies for seed quality control and variety certification, on research and on education.

The Master is organized by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering (ETSEA) of the University of Lleida (UdL). It is an official Master of the Spanish university system with a clear international character, and it has been on offer since 1982, its contents being updated and revised for each new edition. The Master has a duration of two years (120 ECTS) and is delivered on a face-to-face mode, full time basis. The Master begins every second year.
In the Master, around 70 lecturers from 10 different countries participate, coming from universities, research centres, public administration services, private enterprises and international institutions. The quality of the lecturers guarantees high-level training and constant updating of topics. The diversity of their origin, both geographical and institutional, contributes to the dynamism of the courses and enables the students to contrast different theories, methods and results.

The Master is open to students from all over the world, although they come mainly from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey), from Europe and Latin America. Last year (2014) this Master programme was officially recognized as an International Master’s Programme (IMP2013) by the Generalitat de Catalunya.