M. Sc. AgriGenomics

The study of the genomes of living organisms has made significant contributions to agricultural sciences over the last two decades. This is partly due to technical innovations such as the introduction of high-throughput techniques, and partly due to the wide availability of genomic data in internationally accessible web-based databases. These techniques are now briefly referred to as "omics" techniques. In addition to genomics as an umbrella term, these include transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and phenomics.
The AgriGenomics course is defined in this context as follows: "AgriGenomics is the detailed study of the genetic makeup of plants and animals and how all the genes work together to produce crops and livestock".
The Master's program is offered entirely in English. It is therefore aimed at bachelor's graduates from all parts of the world. Today, there are global networks of genome research in which a unique scientific language is spoken, consisting of numerous technical terms. This language is taught in this degree program. Graduates should be competent to apply genomic techniques and knowledge in animal and plant breeding, plant and animal physiology, and phytopathology. They should have a multidisciplinary competence to integrate "omics" technologies into agricultural production processes. Furthermore, graduates should gain deep insights into breeding methods and plant nutrition and phytopathology. Combining this with practical agricultural knowledge will allow them to apply genomic data and knowledge to improve production factors and practices in agricultural production. Graduates gain the ability to hold leading positions in research and development in agronomically oriented life science companies. In addition, they obtain the qualification for subsequent doctoral studies.
Further information can be found either on the German-language study information sheets for the Master's program in AgriGenomics or on the English-language website of the program.