Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture

According to FAO, sustainable agriculture is an integrated system that aims to nurture healthy ecosystems and support the sustainable management of land, water and natural resources, while ensuring world food security.
The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context of the topics covered is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level. The graduate in Sustainable agriculture must work to achieve food security objectives associated with improving the quality and wholesomeness of food products. The graduate must know the issues related to biodiversity, global change and ecosystem services, which are analyzed according to a systemic and adaptive approach, considering also the traceability of processes.
To address the global challenges, students are equipped with a wide learning platform, and are able to make comparisons between different production systems at the international level in terms of environmental, socio-economics, and regulatory environments. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability and food security, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA) and partecipate at the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees for the double degree in PLANT HEALTH IN SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS, Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 1.

Objectives of the program (competence)

The graduate in Sustainable Agriculture, thanks to an extensive basic training, combined with a methodological approach aimed at problem-solving, attains a versatile and flexible knowledge. For this he/she is able to perform a wide range of activities in a professional and efficient manner:
1) Operate internationally by conducting activities of planning, management, monitoring, coordination and training in agricultural production processes to meet the needs of the international market;
2) Be involved in activities of experimentation and research in both the public and private sectors (eg. Biotechnology companies);
3) Fill a position or interact with international organizations such as FAO, EU and World Bank;
4) Be involved in the transfer of technologies (innovation broker);
5) Manage technical and international business related to agricultural products and processing, and related to agricultural mechanization;
6) Play an active role in private and public structures aimed at land management and the management of water resources, including historical, cultural and landscape values of agricultural land;
7) Collaborate in the establishment and operation of projects in basic and applied research in the field of agricultural production in the international arena.

Content of the program

The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Padova aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level.

The normal duration of the course is two years and requires 120 university credits (or CFUs). The Master degree in Sustainable Agriculture will be awarded upon completion of the course. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA). This course is also part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees in Plant Health In Sustainable Cropping Systems, Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 1 (http://planthealth.upv.es) that is organised by a consortium of six Universities from four European countries (Italy, Spain, France and Germany).

The training course in Sustainable Agriculture,  includes two main areas of study:

  1. Production: training in the areas of agronomy, crop and animal productions, soil science, plant breeding, and integrated management of pests and diseases, all aimed at the sustainability of the production process and its social implications;
  2. Technology: training in the areas of management and protection of air-soil-water, use of biomass of agricultural plants and animals, land management, and management of the production process (at different geographic scales) considering both innovative technologies and socio-economic aspects.

Modules

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Agrifood Economics And Policy
  • Gis For Agro-Environmental Studies
  • Integrated Management Of Arthropod Pests
  • Research Planning
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agricultural Management Of Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Plant Breeding
  • Precision Farming
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Sustainable Disease Management
  • Biotechnology In Plant Protection
  • Crop Physiology
  • Ipm Of Pathogens Of Fruit Crops In Temperate Climate
  • Ipm Of Pests Of Fruit Crops In Temperate Climate
  • Management Of Native And Non-Native Pests In The Landscape
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems
  • Sustainable Use Of Pesticides
  • Sustainable Viticulture And Woody Crop Production
  • Water Resources Management

Studying proccess

Learning is based on active studies covering activities in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field as well as the possibility of using the contribution of Italian and foreign teachers, and industry experts that can provide specific case studies. The program offers intensive individual tutoring of students, as well as the opportunity to intern for six months, in companies in the public and private sectors, possibly abroad, for the study of cases of excellence in preparation of the thesis.

Teaching methods

  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops))
  • DSAASTAT

For applicants

For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

Check sections “Entry requirements” and “Language requirements” here.

For detailed information on the application for this course, including the link to the online application platform, please refer to the Call for Application below.

 

 

 

Career prospects

  • Management and consulting activities in agro-livestock systems
  • International marketing of agricultural products, livestock and industries
  • Development of innovative technologies within companies operating in the agriculture and livestock area
  • Control and monitoring of productive, environmental and economic performances of agricultural farms
  • Research and development of innovative technologies within private and public research institutions
  • Collaboration with private and public research institutions.

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