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 has created a programme to train academic professionals who want to work in this field.
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.
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.
The curriculum has been carefully formulated to provide a balance between fundamental and applied science. Various university groups such as agronomy, ecology, soil science, animal sciences, pest and disease management, food technology, sociology, communication science and economics participate, making this a well-rounded and holistic programme.
Wageningen University's MSc programme in Organic Agriculture caters to several types of bachelor students, who wish to continue their studies at MSc level. Besides our own BSc students Plant Sciences and BSc students in Biology from our own and other Dutch universities, it also aims at Dutch students who hold a bachelor of professional education's degree in e.g. Agri- and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry or Business Adminstration and Agribusiness. However, the majority of all Organic Agriculture master students comes from abroad.
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.
ThesisThe 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 CoursesPreceding 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.
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
No work experience is required.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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Wageningen University is one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and living environment. Studying at Wageningen University guarantees you premium quality education and an international quality benchmark on your curriculum vitae. Here, you will focus on current and future global issues that are of increasing importance to both industry and government.