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This applied interdisciplinary program is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of plant biology and hone your research skills by conducting original, independent lab and field research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in plant biology or an equivalent degree.

Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a related field may be eligible. However, the program director may require students to do qualifying coursework depending on their previous training. Qualifying courses do not count toward program credits. Any coursework requirements will be decided by the director after reviewing the student’s file. 

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.33 or the equivalent.

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Although knowledge of English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in English to successfully complete this program; in many courses, specialized documentation is mainly, if not exclusively, in English. Students who are not proficient enough in English may have difficulty in their studies Students must inquire at registration about the language requirements for their courses and research work. Students must have a good understanding of English and take steps to improve their English proficiency during their program if necessary. 

Université Laval’s School of Languages has courses for students wishing to improve their French or English.

Language courses do not count toward program credits.

Research Areas

  • Agroenvironmental studies
  • Agroecology
  • Agroforestry
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Biotechnology, genetic engineering, and plant genetics
  • Fundamental botany and plant physiology
  • Ecology
  • Environment
  • Plant protection (entomology, weed biology, and plant pathology)
  • Organic, sustainable plant, and plant-based energy production 
  • Forage, cereal, oil, and industrial crop management
  • Horticultural and ornamental crop and wild plant management and postharvest physiology


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences website giving their fields of research in plant biology.