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Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie (PTUK) was established in 1930 as the first agricultural school in the region (during British mandate). From 1932 until late 1990 the school was a well-known center of excellence in agriculture education (and agriculture production – animal and plant). In 2007 the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) approved PTUK’s application for a university status; to be the first state university in Palestine.

Biotechnology: The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Art. 2 defines Biotechnology as the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.

Biotechnology encompasses a wide range of procedures for modifying living organisms according to human purposes. Green biotechnology, applied to agricultural processes, might produce more environmentally friendly solutions than traditional industrial agriculture. An example would be the genetically modified crops (GM crops, or "biotech crops") in which plants are used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified with genetic engineering techniques.

The Program in brief The M.Sc. Agricultural Biotechnology is a four-semester program. The administration of the program falls under the responsibility of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research at PTUK. The program is designed to incorporate major biotechnology fields including agriculture, biology, microbiology, technology and biochemistry. Students are expected to register for courses equivalent to 36 credit hours. Of these, 18 C.H. are compulsory and 12 elective. The student should also submit an MSc Thesis which is equivalent to 6 C.H. The research project is expected to be concluded with a thesis, which is considered as an integral part of the program, to satisfy the requirements for the M.Sc. award.

Goals of Courses on offer 1. Contribute to the economic development of the local Palestinian areas as well as the surrounding regions. 2. Prepare a skilled workforce in biotechnology that can lead the way in building high yield manufacturing base within the Palestinian areas and in the surrounding regions 3. Prepare highly qualified and skillful graduates in key areas that are vital to the advancement of the economic, health and welfare development of Palestinian society. 4. Enhance university- community collaboration to bridge the gap between the academic and public sector 5. Increase public appreciation to scientific values and research activities.

Career Opportunities Biotechnology has many applications in major industrial areas, including: health care (medical), crop production and agriculture, nonfood (industrial),  uses of crops and other products (e.g. biodegradable plastics, vegetable oil, bio-fuels), as well as other environmental uses. Therefore, it is expected that graduates from the program will not face difficulties in finding employment in any of these areas.


For more information, contact: Deanship of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Dr. Mazen Salman Tel. +970 92 677 922 Mobile + 970 592060688 E-mail:

 Postgraduate Application Form 


For application and information about the required documents, contact:

Mrs. Fatina Barakat / Head of admission office Tel. +970 92 677 922 ext 140 Mobile: +970 597964171 Email: