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MSc in Crop Protection and Plant Biotechnology - Program details



MSc in crop protection and plant biotechnology is a newly designed full-time modular course. Biotechnology and crop protection play a key role in fulfilling the ever increasing demand for crop productivity.

There is a sever dearth of qualified plant pathologists with skills in modern molecular biology and biotechnology in the country. Therefore, this degree program is specially designed to address both of these areas so that personnel i.e. researchers, educators, policy makers will get an opportunity to update their knowledge on this rapidly evolving subject area enabling them to stay competitive in the field.

Each student will get first-hand experience in molecular tools am=nd techniques during the laboratory sessions.


Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible for entry to the MSc degree program, the applicants must fulfil one of the following requirements.


  • I )       B.Sc. (Special) degree in Botany /Plant Sciences/Applied Sciences (in biological Science stream)/ Food Science/ Molecular Biology/ Plant Biotechnology/ Zoology/ Microbiology/ Chemistry (with biological science subjects), Agricultural Technology and management.
  • II)       B.Sc. (General) degree with Botany/ Plant sciences/ Applied Sciences/ Molecular Biology/ Plant Biotechnology / Zoology/ Microbiology/ Food Sciences , Agricultural Technology and Management.
  • III)      Any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the university.


Objectives of the program


  • Develop human resource with necessary knowledge and skill in crop protection, disease diagnosis, molecular biology and biotechnology,
  • Promote awareness of the modern biotechnological strategies of quality improvement and crop protection among decision makers and managers,
  • Prepare applied plant pathologists or geneticists for translational research and for the development of the country,
  • Encourage large scale entrepreneur to use modern technology effectively for crop improvement and disease management, and
  • Bridge the gap for entering advanced research degrees.


 Course content and structure


The program will cover extensively researched and most demanding fields of science such as classical and molecular plant pathology, Molecular epidemiology, plant genomics and proteomics, laboratory techniques in molecular biology, plant genetic engineering, molecular plant breeding, DNA barcoding, bioinformatics, statistics business management and entrepreneurship, remote sensing for crop protection and many current topics.

The first academic year will comprise of lectures and laboratory sessions, field visits assignments and seminar and the second year comprise of the research component.

Lectures will be conducted during the weekend in English


Calling Application for academic year 2018 (Click here)

Coordinator contacts

Dr.R N Attanayake
Program Coordinator
Department of Botany
University of Kelaniya.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:52