Master of Science - Plant Breeding

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

  • Qualification

    Research Master's

    Taught and Research Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Explore the advanced science involved with plant breeding to further your career opportunities in this fast-evolving area.

Lincoln’s MSc in Plant Breeding prepares you a career as a plant breeder in the cropping or pastoral industries. This is an in-demand role in New Zealand and globally with the need for increased food production and more restorative growing practices. Core content within this major is designed to align with internationally-recognised plant breeding qualifications, and is continually updated in collaboration with the New Zealand industry to maintain relevance. The research programme and accompanying facilities stretch from molecular biology to field-based breeding programmes. We maintain close ties with local plant breeding companies as well as with Crown Research Institute breeding programmes. This creates access to leading projects and breeding programmes across New Zealand, including regular field tours of South Island-based initiatives for both commercial and research reference. 

Programme information

Programme Structure

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.  

You can find a list of available supervisors here.

The first year’s study provides preliminary research preparation. 


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Programme contacts

Christopher Winefield

Associate Professor Chris Winefield

Chairperson Bio-Safety Committee

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