M.A. Agricultural Economics

University of Maribor | Maribor, Slovenia
The aim of the study programme Agricultural Economics is to qualify experts with key knowledge in agricultural economics and related disciplines. A comprehensive training in principles of agricultural economics will be supplemented by knowledge of different management skills, e.g. evaluation of economic projects, decision sciences and informatics, developmental and policy issues in agriculture.

Description of Agricultural Economics

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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 student’s choice between two blocks of subjects:
  • Management and Marketing in Agriculture and
  • Agricultural Policy and Rural Development.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1st application period: from 1 June 2015 to 24 August 2015 at the latest. 2nd application period (if vacant places are not filled): from 17 September 2015 to 21 September 2015 at the latest.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2505 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2505 Year (EEA)

The amount of the tuition fee is set by the relevant educational institution and is the same as the tuition fee for part-time programmes for Slovene citizens. The tuition for the current academic year must be paid upon enrolment.

The list of tuition fees is available at: www.um.si/studij/financiranje/Strani/default.aspx

Foreign citizens residing in the Republic of Slovenia who are taxable persons in the RS (or their parents/guardians), EU citizens and citizens of countries with which the RS has concluded bilateral agreements are exempted from paying the tuition fee for full-time postgraduate programmes.

Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • Slovenian
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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 semester

1. 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 for Agricultural Economics

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd-cycle) programme “Agricultural Economics”:
  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field: agriculture, forestry and fishery (62), business and administration (34), economics (314) and law (38);
  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in another field. Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations under both the bachelor’s programme “Agriculture” and the bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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.

Work Experience for Agricultural Economics

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

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

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