Master’s in Plant Science



The Master’s Program in Plant Science was created in 1985 by the Austral University of Chile Agricultural Science School. It is run principally by professors in the Plant Health and Production Institute, in addition to the active participation of other Institutes within this School and the University, as well as investigators from other institutions.


The Master’s Program in Plant Science at the Austral University of Chile aims to form specialists that will help strengthen the technical capabilities of investigations. Graduates will also be prepared for problem-solving in both private and public sectors related to plant science.

Graduate’s Profile

Graduates from the Master’s Program in Plant Science possess a solid conceptual base in the area of plant science, with an emphasis in the area of their interest (physiology, plant genetics, or plant production or health). They also develop capabilities such as, critical thinking skills and analytical abilities that allow them to develop relevant investigations and innovations. Thus, they have the problem-solving skills necessary to work in both technological and scientific development, as well as in the productive sector. Finally, graduates will be able to apply and communicate, in both oral and written forms, the knowledge they cultivate in their plant science investigations.

Characteristics of the Program:

The Master’s Program in Plant Science is an academic program with classes held on the UACh campus in the city of Valdivia. It is directed towards agricultural engineers, biotechnicians, biologists, or similar professionals that wish to specialize in areas such as agricultural production, crop physiology, and plant health or plant genetics.

The program is structured in a way so that each student can finish all of the coursework in a maximum of three academic semesters, while finishing his/her thesis and exit exam in the fourth semester. Working students can concentrate their class load in 2-3 days a week. To receive a degree, students must finish 3 required, interrelated classes (10 credits) and four elective classes (12 credits). The great variety of elective classes to choose from and the option to take classes in other programs in the Austral University gives this Master’s Program a unique flexibility.

Course of Study

Code Class Professor Credits Semester
                   Required Classes                                                                                                        10 credits
ESTD 313 Experimental Designs Andrea Báez 4 1
PSVE 356 Crop Ecophysiology Ricardo Fuentes 3 2
PSVE 300 Bibliographical Seminar Peter Seemann 3 1-2
                 Elective Classes     (organized by area)                                                                     12 credits                   
PSVE 302 Developmental Physiology Daniel Calderini 3 2
PSVE 303 Special Topics I Profesores del Programa 2 1-2
PSVE 304 Special Topics II Profesores del Programa 2 1-2
PSVE 311 Conservation of Genetic Plant Resources Anita Behn / R. Riegel 2 2
PSVE 307 Plant Mycology Nancy Andrade 3 1
PSVE 315 Methods of Plant Improvement Ricardo Riegel 3 1
PSVE 319 Plant Molecular Biology Ricardo Riegel 3 2
PSVE 330 Agricultural Nematology Laura Böhm 3 1
PSVE 331 Plant Bacteriology Erika Briceño 3 2
PSVE 332 Biological Control of Plant Pathogens Erika Briceño 3 1
PSVE 333 Combating Insect Plagues and Diseases Esteban Basoalto 3 1
PSVE 346 Weeds and Herbicides Ricardo Fuentes 3 2
PSVE 351 Post-Harvest Physiology and Management Fernando Medel 3 1
PSVE 355 Cultivating Plant Tissues Peter Seemann 3 1
PSVE 358 Subjects related to Agamic Propagation Peter Seemann 3 1
PSVE 361 Seed Production Carolina Lizana 3 2
PSVE 362 Subjects related to Grains and Legumes Daniel Calderini 3 1-2
PSVE 363 Subjects related to Roots and Tubers Carolina Lizana 3 1
PSVE 364 Subjects related to Horticulture Rodrigo Acuña 3 1-2
PSVE 365 Subjects related to Fruit Farming Fernando Medel 3 1-2
PSVE 366 Subjects related to Flower Growing Peter Seemann 3 1-2
GEOG 300 Plant Response to Abiotic Stress Alejandra Zúñiga 4 1
                            Classes offered from other Schools authorized by the Director of the Program
CIDI 301 English Prof. Centro Idiomas s/c 1-2
Thesis Project Profesor Patrocinante s/c 1-2
PSVE 399 Thesis Profesor Patrocinante 10 1-2
Exit Exam


Program’s Committee:

  • Prof. Carolina Lizana
  • Prof. Ricardo Riegel
  • Prof. Peter Seemann


Registration Fee for Regular Students and Those with Special-Exceptions 

Annual $ 150.000

Admission Fee

Per Semester  $ 950.000



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Those interested in applying to the programs offered by the Graduate School in the Agricultural Science Faculty must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission (Formulario 301) provided by the Graduate School and attach all required documents to the application.
  • Foreign students must legalize their degree certificate and grade record certificate with the Ministry of Foreign Relations before starting the program.

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