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

MSc-programme on Sustainable International Agriculture

The scientific and project-oriented study programme teaches methodical, cooperative and interdisciplinary competences, which are more and more important in the professional world. Basic knowledge taught in the obligatory modules is combined with specialised, up-to-date knowledge and analytical/ methodical skills taught in a wide range of mandatory and elective modules. This ensures the relevance of the knowledge gained through the programme for the mentioned professional fields.

Three areas of specialization (profiles) are offered:

Modules

  1. Specialization in „International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics“
    Four compulsory modules must be taken (18 ECTS): World agricultural markets and trade, Econometrics I, Socioeconomics of rural development and food security, Sustainable International Agriculture: basic principles and approaches. Five mandatory modules (3o ECTS) must be chosen (among these, at least one methodological module). Six elective modules (36 ECTS) are to be chosen (you can also choose elective modules from the list of so far not attended mandatory modules).
  2. Specialization in „International Organic Agriculture“
    One bridging module and four compulsory modules must be taken (upon application, the bridging module can be skipped if past academic achievements testify the respective knowledge): Soil and plant science (bridging module), Organic livestock farming under temperate and tropical conditions, Organic cropping systems under temperate and (sub)tropical conditions, Applied statistical modelling, Sustainable International Agriculture: basic principles and approaches (30 ECTS). Four mandatory modules (24 ECTS) must be chosen (among these, at least one methodological module). Six elective modules (36 ECTS) are to be chosen (you can also choose elective modules from the list of so far not attended mandatory modules).
  3. Specialization in „Tropical Agriculture“
    One bridging module and four compulsory modules must be taken (upon application, the bridging module can be skipped if past academic achievements testify the respective knowledge): Soil and plant science (bridging module), Tropical animal husbandry systems, Crops and production systems in the tropics, Applied statistical modelling, Sustainable International Agriculture: basic principles and approaches (30 ECTS). Four mandatory modules (24 ECTS) must be chosen (among these, at least one methodological module). Six elective modules (36 ECTS) are to be chosen (you can also choose elective modules from the list of so far not attended mandatory modules).

Professional and practical experience (practice-oriented training)

Integration of Research in the SIA study programme

Sustainable Iinternational Agriculture programme fully integrates the research priorities of the faculty in Witzenhausen and the third research focus (Resource protection and food security in rural areas of the tropics and subtropics) of the faculty in Göttingen. Moreover, the first and second research focal points of the faculty in Göttingen (molecular biology and biotechnology as well as biodiversity management) are taken up in individual modules of the three specialization options.

In the framework of MSc thesis research in the SIA programme, preference is given to practical studies in graduate schools and research programmes of the two faculties, in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Thus, SIA students can count on reliable introduction to the principles of scientific work.
This promotes an intensive involvement in the practical aspects of scientific work, and of questions concerning labour organization and the solution of administrative problems.

Studying proccess

Modules are offered as:

  • lectures, seminars, practices, E-Learning, project modules
  • day-trips and up to 2-week study tours

For applicants

Begin of studies is September 15th. each year.
Deadline for application is
January 31st. each year for Non-EU and Non-EWR-applicants !
and
June 15th. each year for EU-and EWR applicants!
List of EU and EWR Countries

Career prospects

Agricultural sciences and rural development are the central components of international development cooperation and world trade. In both fields, there is a growing need for qualified employees, including especially organic agriculture.
Career opportunities include:

  • European and international agricultural administration and consultancy
  • Organic agriculture
  • Economic sectors related to agriculture
  • International organisations
  • Science and research

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