Crop Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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University of Hohenheim ,
Crop science is the basis of agricultural production. The goal of crop science is to develop crops and cropping systems with the highest possible efficiency in converting light and supplemental resource into: food, feed and fiber.
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Crop scientists breed crops and develop cropping systems, that are profitable and ecologically sustainable.

In light of the ever growing world population and the finite cropping area, this goal remains a key challenge of humanity today and will become even more important in the future.

Hohenheim offers one of the most extensive study programmes in crop sciences in the world. The scientific infrastructure of the university, with its research station and the State Plant Breeding Institute, is unique. This offers students the possibility to apply their theoretical knowledge into the practice.

The Masters program in Crop Science seeks to apply biological, physiological, molecular genetic and biometric principles to crops and cropping systems, in order to increase their efficiency. Graduates are prepared to creatively solve the changing problems in modern crop development, production and management. This requires an understanding of diverse fields, from basic biology, physiology and ecology to bioinformatics and expert systems.

Crop Science majors at the Universität Hohenheim concentrate on the interrelationships between the physiological and biological factors that regulate crop productivity.



Programme Structure

The two-year program is comprised of four semesters, during which a minimum of 90 ECTS credits of coursework and the Master’s thesis must be completed.

The program focuses on two majors

  • Plant Nutrition and Protection
    The focus of this major is on molecular biology, biotechnology and physiology as well as on modern strategies of crop protection in order to develop biotechnological approaches and management practices with the objective of producing high yields in high quality.
  • Plant Breeding and Seed Science
    Students are trained in the entire repertoire of classical and modern technologies in plant breeding, breeding methodological thinking, and biometry in plant breeding as well as in seed science.

Module structure

Semester 1,2 and 3

7 compulsory modules totalling 42 credits

  • Methods of Scientific Working for Crop Sciences
  • Population and Quantitative Genetics
  • Breeding Methodology
  • Seed Research
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Metric and Categorical Data
  • Selection Theory
  • Planning of Breeding Programmes

Semester 4

Master's thesis


Prospective students with higher education entrance qualification and an above-average Bachelors degree in agrobiology, agricultural sciences or a related field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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  • Applicants require, an above-average Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in Agricultural Biology, Agricultural or or Horticultural Sciences or a related discipline, following at least three years of university studies (generally 180 credits). Admission is based on students' grade point averages.
  • Proof of English language skills (e.g. 90 ibt TOEFL)

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 159 International
  • EUR 159 EU/EEA


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