Agroecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Do you want to work in international teams solving complex problems? Are you concerned about longterm sustainability of agriculture and food systems? Do you want to link knowledge with action to make a difference? This Agroecology programme offered by Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is for you.


What can you use this qualification for?

The Agroecology program prepares students for a wide range of positions concerning conventional and organic agriculture and food systems, such as in advisory services and extension, development projects, management of agricultural and natural resources, environmental protection, and further education and research.

What will you learn?

Students learn about farming and food systems, being good communicators and facilitators, and to able to turn theory into action. Students also learn how to reflect and to open up to new ideas while recognizing the goals, needs and interests of their co-workers.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) program is designed to develop agroecologists that will be successful contributors to future food systems including production, economy, environmental impacts, and social equity issues.

Short description

The first semester (30 cr.) is a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, economic and social issues in farming and food systems. The focus is on agroecosystems, on holistic methodology for their study, evaluation and improvement, attitudes, ethics and values, and on individual and group-based learning. Learning is based on exploring real-life farm and food systems cases.

The casework experience is supported by lectures, seminars and supervision, and the goal is to develop competency for responsible action by linking theory and practice. After the first semester, elective courses (30 or 60 cr) give options for tailoring the students’ subject profiles. A master thesis (30 or 60 cr) concludes the MSc. program of 120 cr in total, approved by the advisors, may also include studies at cooperating universities.

Programme Structure

  • Bioetics
  • General Ecology 
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Linking Ecological and Social Resilience
  • Development Politics
  • Human Rights and Development 
  • Agriculture and Development 
  • Development Challenges in Rural India 
  • Writing seminar 
  • Global Food Security 
  • Research Methods
  • Political Ecology 
  • Soils: Classification, process modelling and application of GIS
  • Academic writing 
  • Landscape Ecology 
  • Global Food Production in a Changing Climate
  • Ecology and Management of Natural
  • Resources in the Tropics
  • Ecology of Farming and Food Systems
  • Cropping Systems of Grain Crops and Grasslands
  • Bedding Plant Production of Flowers and Vegetables in Greenhouses
  • Plant physiology
  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Knowledge of genetics, plant pathology, soil science and plant production
  • Quality in Food Plants 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • 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

  • Relevant bachelor degree.
  • Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free National


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