M.Sc. Crop Sciences

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR159 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Hohenheim | Stuttgart, Germany
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.

Description of Crop Sciences


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Winter semester only: July 15th (Citizens of Germany, the EU and holders of a German university entrance qualification) | March 15th (Non-EU citizens)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 159 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 159 Semester (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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.

Requirements for Crop Sciences

  • 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)

Work Experience for Crop Sciences

No work experience is required.

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University of Hohenheim, Germany

Germany On November 20, 1818, Hohenheim became the site of an important agricultural institution, founded by King William I of Württemberg for teaching, experimentation and demonstration. The first director was Johann Nepomuk Schwerz, and it was located in the castle built by Duke Karl Eugen. In 1847 the institution was designated as holding the rank of an "Academy of Agriculture and Forestry". In 1904 the name was changed to "Agricultural College". Hohenheim College was awarded the right to confer doctorates in 1918 and habilitations in 1919. This school was renamed Universität Hohenheim in 1967. 2008 there are over ´6,000 students in Hohenheim, a university which is primarily focused on economics and business administration. The University of Hohenheim is one of Germany's leading universities in agricultural science.

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