M.A. Agriculture

University of Maribor

Application deadline: Call for applications has been published on May 31st; Deadline for applicants: September 2nd; Enrollment: September 30th 2013. More at: http://www.um.si/en/Study/about/Pages/Call-for-application-in-Postgraduate-Study-Programmes-of-UM-13_14.aspx
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,505 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,505 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • Slovenian
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The aim of the course is to provide students with sound scientific foundation at a high academic level for careers in different fields of agriculture (Biomolecular techniques and phytomedicine, biosysitems engineering, food production on field and vegetable production, viticulture and fruit production, ecological agriculture, grassland management and forage production, livestock production). The master programme lasts two academic years (four semesters). The first semester is devoted to providing students with scientific backgrounds of compulsory and elective study modules. The second (compulsory modules) and third semester (elective modules) intend to broaden the expertise of participants in different specific disciplines of agriculture. The fourth semester is devoted to research work and preparation of Master thesis. The Master programme and its elective fields of specialization enable students to tailor their own courses by selecting optional specialization and elective modules. The selection of elective modules is subjected to approval by postgraduate study commission.

Contents

FIRST SEMESTER

Types of study units in semester 1

Compulsory modules

* Methodology of scientific research
* Statistisc II
* Project management
* Chemical analytical methods in agriculture

Elective modules

* Molecular genetics
* Land use and soil protection
* Physiology of agricultural plants
* Biochemistry II
* Electronic systems in agriculture
* Visualization of biological processes
* Soil ecology
* Research methods in wine and fruit marketing
* Special crop protection (fruit crops and grapevine)Ø Microbiology II
* Special phytomedicine

SECOND AND THIRD SEMESTERS

PECIALIZATION: Biomolecular techniques and phytomedicine

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Genetics and plant improvement
* Plant biotechnology
* Diagnostics in phytomedicine
* Ecology in plant protection and pesticide ecology
* Biological control in phytomedicine
* Plant tissue culture

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Biosystems engineering

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Utilization of agricultural machines
* Precision agriculture
* Irrigation

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Food production on field and vegetable production

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Agroecology and mineral nutrition of field and vegetable crops
* Production systems and environmental aspects of main field crops production
* Production systems and environmental aspects in vegetables and ornamentals
* Harvest and postharvest technologies of ornamentals, vegetable and field crops

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Viticulture and fruit production

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Controlling in wine and juice production
* Plantations and environment

Option 1

* Integrated grape production
* Enology II

Option 2

* Integrated fruit production
* Fruit storage

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Ecological agriculture

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Breeding for organic crop production
* Alternative crops: production systems and utilization

Option 1

* Bio-physiological and ecological characteristics of alternative crops
* Genetics and plant improvement

Option 2

Management in organic alternative crop production

Marketing in alternative crop production

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Grassland management and forage production

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Grassland management and forage production II.
* Grassland ecology and phytosociology
* Pathology and parasitology of forage crops
* Breeding of forage crops

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

SPECIALIZATION: Livestock production

Types of study units in the 2nd semester

Compulsory modules

* Biology of reproduction and biotechnical methods
* Technologies of processing of animal products
* Comparative ethology of domestic animals
* Technologies in livestock production

Types of study units in the 3rd semester: Students choose modules from the list of elective modules, or from the list of second semester modules of other specializations, or from other courses of University of Maribor, or choose modules on the partner university abroad.

List of elective modules for third semester:

* Livestock barns and equipment
* Beekeping II
* Selected chapters of animal nutrition
* Mechanization in grassland management and forage production
* Tropical crops
* Phytosanitary standards and legislation in plant protection
* Weed management - ecophysiological aspect
* Pesticide application methods and biotical performance
* Organic field crop production (selected topics)
* Organic vegetable production (selected topics)
* Mechanization and automatic control of greenhouses II
* Vegetative plant propagation
* Wine and juice distillation
* Process technologies and bottling of wine and juice
* Table grape varieties
* Ecological grape production
* Ecological fruitgrowing
* Smallfruits

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

Requirements

Admission to the AGRICULTURE Master Study Programme (2nd Cycle) is permitted to candidates who have completed:

- 1st Cycle Study Programme from the field of agriculture;

- 1st Cycle Study Programme from professional fields of biology, chemistry, biotechnical and technical sciences and medical and economic on condition that a candidate has fulfilled additional study obligations arising from the university study programme of Agriculture comprising 30 credits. The following exams have to be passed: fruit production, viticulture, ornamentals, biosystems engineering, animal science I and genetics.

- higher education professional study programme accredited before 11.06.2004 from professional fields of agriculture;

- higher professional study programme accredited before 11.06.2004 from other related professional fields on condition that a candidate has fulfilled additional study obligations arising from the university study programme of Agriculture comprising 30 credits. The following exams have to be passed: fruit production, viticulture, ornamentals, biosystems engineering, animal science I and genetics.

- The following exams comprising 30 credits have to be passed: mathematics, statistics, farm management, marketing in agri-food chain, fundamentals of agricultural economics and management.

In case of limited enrolment, the candidates will be chosen according to the candidate's 1st Cycle grades (80% grade point average and 20% graduation thesis grade).

Working language of course is Slovenian. For candidates whose native language is not Slovenian, the language of the course and during research work will be English. Every student is assigned a personal mentor from the teaching staff. Exams are either held in English or Slovenian language, as preferred by the student. Students can write their Master thesis in English or in Slovenian. The aim of the Master thesis is to show ability for independently work on a problem of the subject-area by applying scientific methods.

Successful completion of Master study programme (180 ECTS) leads to the Master degree (Master of Science). The degree qualifies for PhD studies.

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

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