M.A. Agricultural Economics

University of Maribor

Application deadline: August, September
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,505 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,505 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • Slovenian
  • English
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Two different profiles of experts are expected by choosing two sets of courses: Management and Marketing in Agriculture and Rural Development. The experts might participate at different levels of decision making in agricultural and food sector, whether in business environment, in public administration or the continuation of academic career. One of the basic aims of the study programme is also to qualify the students to individual research work. The most successful students may continue their studies to Ph.D. level, where the skills and knowledge of postgraduate study programme will be deepened and the science research profile of the expert is moulded.

The aim of the postgraduate study programme Agricultural Economics is to develop two profiles of experts, depending on students choice between two blocks of subjects: * Management and Marketing in Agriculture and
* Agricultural Policy and Rural Development.

Contents

FIRST SEMESTER
Types of study units in semester 1: * Theoretical and empirical analysis in agricultural economicsØ Basic research methods in farm management
* Economics and marketing in agri-food chain
* Organic farm management
* Production systems and sustainable development

Types of study units in the 2nd semester1. Block of subjects:

* Management and marketing in agri-food chain
* Decision theory
* Theory of Systems
* Information systems in agriculture
* Project planning and quality management
* Research methods in marketing of agri-food chain
* Individual project work on selected topic

2. Block of subjects:

* Agricultural Policy and Rural Development
* Agricultural policy
* Rural areas and natural resources
* Regional land planning
* Rural sociology
* International agricultural and food markets
* Individual project work on selected topic

Types of study units in the 3rd semester * Project Paper - Literature
* Project Paper - Methodology

Types of study units in the 4th semester * Research work and Master thesis

Requirements

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd-cycle) programme Agricultural Economics:
* A bachelors (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field: agriculture, forestry and fishery (62), business and administration (34), economics (314) and law (38);
* A bachelors (1st-cycle) programme in another field. Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations under both the bachelors programme Agriculture and the bachelors vocational programme Management in Agrifood Chain and Rural Development. The following exams comprising 30 credits have to be passed:Management in Agrifood Chain and Rural Development. Candidates must fulfil the following obligations corresponding to 30 ECTS credits: Mathematics (6 ECTS), Statistics (6 ECTS), Farm Management (6 ECTS), Marketing in Agri-food Chain (6 ECTS), Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics and Marketing (6 ECTS);
* A bachelors vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: agriculture, forestry and fishery (62), business and administration (34), economics (314) and law (38);
* A bachelors vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in another field. Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations under both the undergraduate programme Agriculture and the bachelors vocational programme Management in Agrifood Chain and Rural Development. The following exams comprising 30 credits have to be passed:Management in Agrifood Chain and Rural Development. Candidates must fulfil the following obligations corresponding to 30 ECTS credits: Mathematics (6 ECTS), Statistics (6 ECTS), Farm Management (6 ECTS), Marketing in Agri-food Chain (6 ECTS), Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics and Marketing (6 ECTS);
* An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: agriculture, forestry and fishery (62), business and administration (34), economics (314) and law (38). These candidates are awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme;
* An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in another field. These candidates are awarded 30 ECTS credits and may enrol in the corresponding year;
* A bachelors vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: agriculture, forestry and fishery (62), business and administration (34), economics (314) and law (38). These candidates are awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme;
* A bachelors vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in another field. These candidates are awarded 30 ECTS credits and may enrol in the corresponding year.

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Accreditation

The study programme has been accredited by the Slovene National Agency of Quality Assurance.

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