M.Sc. Crop Sciences

University of Hohenheim

Application deadline: winter semester only: July 15th - Citizens of Germany, the EU and holders of a German university entrance qualification; winter semester only: March 15th - Non-EU citizens
Tuition fee:
  • € 157 / Semester (EEA)
  • € 157 / Semester (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Crop scientists breed crops and develop cropping systems, that are profitable and ecologically sustainable.

In light of the ever increasing 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 programme 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.


The two-year programme comprises four semesters, during which a minimum of 90 ECTS credits coursework and the Masters thesis must be completed.

The programme 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 agriculture or a related field.


* 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)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79





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