Wageningen University and Research

Organic Agriculture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    17600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The ever increasing demand for organically produced foods requires new and different production systems. In order to create such sustainable organic production systems a fresh scientific approach is needed. Wageningen University and Research has created the Organic Agriculture programme to train academic professionals who want to work in this field.

About

This Organic Agriculture programme at Wageningen University and Research 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.

Well-rounded and holistic programme

This study is unique in that it combines 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 which uses case-studies and offers project opportunities in both the developed and developing world. 

Future career

The experience and diverse skills our students acquire working in interdisciplinary teams on practical cases, make them eligible for a broad range of jobs. Graduates of this programme will have career opportunities in agribusiness, research, extension, non-governmental organisations and public administration.

Possible jobs include: Scientist, Extension Officer, Consultant, Quality Assurance Officer, Marketeer.

Programme Structure

Specialisations

Within the master programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

  • Agroecology
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Double degree Agroecology

Curriculum

The curriculum has been carefully formulated to provide a balance between fundamental and applied science. 

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Deadline for international applicants who wish to qualify for NFP: January 15.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Specific admission requirement for the MSc Organic Agriculture is a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences, Biology, Economics or related fields.

    General requirements for enrolment in an MSc Programme at Wageningen University:

    • 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

    StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

    • You are considered ineligible for admission
    • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      17600 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2006 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

    Living costs for Wageningen

    700 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.