M.Sc. Organic Agriculture

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR16600 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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| Wageningen, Netherlands
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. has Wageningen UR created a programme to train academic professionals who want to work in this field, which is the MSc in Organic Agriculture degree course.
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The MSc Organic Agriculture programme from Wageningen UR 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.

Specialisations of Organic Agriculture

After being admitted to the MSc Organic Agriculture students have to choose a specialisation. The specialisation you choose determines the possible subjects of your thesis research (i.e. at which chair groups the research can be done) and which mastercourses you are required to take.

Choose your specialisation

Sometimes the options are limited by the type of BSc diploma or previous work experience. Some students know which specialisation they want right from the start. Others have more difficulties deciding on a specialisation. Our study advisors can help you in making this choice.

The MSc Organic Agriculture offers three specialisations:

  • Specialisation Agroecology
  • Specialisation Sustainable Food Systems
  • Double degree Agroecology in cooperation with ISARA-Lyon
Double degree Agroecology in cooperation with ISARA-Lyon

This third specialisation is a double degree programme with the Institut Supérieur d'agroalimentaire Rhône-Alpes (ISARA-Lyon) in Lyon, France. It focuses on sustainable agriculture and agroecosystem management adding the specialist knowledge in agroecosystems management of FESIA (ISARA-Lyon is a member of FESIA) with the strengths in designing and evaluating organic food production chains at Wageningen.

After successful completion of year 1 at Wageningen University, students will transfer to Lyon for another semester of course. The second semester of year 2 is reserved for the MSc-thesis, conducted either in Wageningen or Lyon (or on the location at the research subject) and supervised jointly by staff from both universities. Contact person at Wageningen University for information about this programme is Mr. Cor Langeveld (study advisor for the MSc Organic Agriculture).

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR16600 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme starts each year in September and February; 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 consultancy 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.

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.


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.

English Language Requirements


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
Relevant BSc degrees

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

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

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