M.Sc. Organic Agriculture

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR14300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Wageningen University | Wageningen, Netherlands
The Organic Agriculture programme has been designed to train students in multiple aspects of organic agriculture and the associated processing and marketing chain. An important goal is to prepare the students for interdisciplinary teamwork at an academic level.
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Description of Organic Agriculture

This programme has been designed to train students in multiple aspects of organic agriculture and the associated processing and marketing chain. An important goal is to prepare for interdisciplinary teamwork at an academic level. The programme is unique in its combination of detailed consideration of the underlying principles and processes from a natural science perspective with social and economic studies. Creative thinking is required to design new sustainable farming and marketing systems instead of simply optimising existing systems. The programme has an international character that uses case studies and offers project opportunities in both the developed and developing world. The curriculum has been carefully formulated to provide a balance between fundamental and applied science. Various university groups participate including farming systems ecology, soil quality, animal science, entomology, rural sociology, environmental policy, education and economy, making this a well-rounded and holistic programme.

Your future career Graduates have career opportunities in agribusiness, research, non-governmental organisations and public administration. They often hold jobs such as scientist, consultant, policy maker or quality assurance officer.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch nationalities: July 15 (Feb),December 1 (Sep); EU/EEA: December 15 (Feb), April 20 (Sep); Non EU/EEA: July 1 (Feb), December 15 (Sep)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme starts each year in September; has a duration of two years and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. Credits are measured in terms of the hours of study involved: one credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours. Most Wageningen MSc Programmes include the academic consulantcy training and an academic internship.


The core of the programme, with a minimum of 36 credits, is a scientific research project which is concluded by writing a thesis. The subject of the thesis is developed in consultation with a senior staff member of Wageningen University. If the necessary facilities and technical guidance are available, part of the research work may - in some cases - be done in the home country or another country.

Graduate Courses

Preceding the thesis project, a selection of courses (at graduate level) will be composed for each individual student in accordance with the thesis topic, and related to the chosen specialisation. The rest depends on the chosen specialisation. For more information on the courses offered in each of the specialisations, please refer to the online Study Handbook.

Academic Consultancy Training
During the academic consultancy training (ACT), general academic skills and academic research and/or design skills are applied to a scientific area that is relevant to the Master study programme, possibly in the form of an external research or design assignment. This may be design of new technologies, but also policy papers, business plans, communications or draft research plans are possibilities. This is done in an multidisciplinary team of four to seven students.


The internship is a learning period during which the relationship with professional practice is emphasised and usually lasts about four months. Some students can be exempted from the internship based on relevant working experience. If you believe you should be exempted from the internship, you need to contact the programme director.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Organic Agriculture

Enrolment in an MSc Programme at Wageningen University requires:

  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to your selected programme

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for this BSc of at least 70% of the maximum grade

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

  • Good skills in mathematics and/or statistics

  • Basic computer skills

Work Experience for Organic Agriculture

No work experience is required.

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