Educational activity - Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology
Last modified: 13. December 2022
The Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology is the gestor of the MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology and postgraduate specialist training course in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding.
1. Agricultural biotechnology MSc programme
The Agricultural Biotechnology MSc programme fullfills the needs for the specialized higher education of the entire Hungarian agricultural sector on three campuses (Gödöllő, Budapest and Keszthely), with two specialisations (plant and animal biotechnology), with three forms of training (full-time, correspondence and dual trainings) and in two languages (Hungarian and English). The length of the programme is 2 years (4 semesters). One of the main features of the degree programme is that it is highly practice oriented. During the training, lectures and practicals are given by renowned representatives of agricultural biotechnology, thus enhancing the quality of education. In addition, students have the opportunity to prepare their thesis and to complete their four-week internship at the high-level Research Institutes. Another specific feature of the programme is that students have the possibility to join part-time courses abroad. Foreign students studying in English can apply for several scholarships: the Stipendium Hungaricum, the FAO, the Scholarship for Young Christian Peoples, the MATE International Scholarship Programme. Students of Hungarian nationality can also apply for admission to our English language programme with a scholarship or on a self-financed basis. Our scholarship programmes are also becoming ever more popular among Hungarian students from abroad. The share of foreign students in the total number of students is steadily increasing and currently stands at 41%. Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding - specialization of the Agricultural Biotechnology MSc - has been invited to participate in a Joint Master Erasmus MSc EmPLANT consortium involving six European countries. Following the successful application, this joint course started in the autumn semester of 2021. We are preparing an international double-degree MSc course with the University of Perugia. Both joint courses provide mobility opportunities for outgoing Hungarian, and incoming foreign students as well.
Over the last 10 years, 308 students have graduated from our programme. After graduation, our students can find employment either at their home country or abroad, typically in research institutes, universities, specialised domestic and multinational companies, or they can also continue their studies in doctoral programmes.
2. Postgraduate specialist training course in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding
This popular postgraduate course at GBI starts only in correspondence course, in Hungarian language and self-financed form on the Szent István Campus in Gödöllő. The training period is 2 years (4 semesters).