Agroecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The Agroecology program at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is designed to develop agroecologists that will be successful contributors to future food systems including production, economy, environmental impacts, and social equity issues.


What can you use this qualification for?

The Agroecology program offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) prepares students for a wide range of positions concerning conventional and organic agriculture and food systems, such as in advisory services and extension, development projects, management of agricultural and natural resources, environmental protection, and further education and research.

What will you learn?

Students learn about farming and food systems, being good communicators and facilitators, and to able to turn theory into action. Students also learn how to reflect and to open up to new ideas while recognizing the goals, needs and interests of their co-workers.

Short description

The first semester (30 cr.) is a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, economic and social issues in farming and food systems. The focus is on agroecosystems, on holistic methodology for their study, evaluation and improvement, attitudes, ethics and values, and on individual and group-based learning. Learning is based on exploring real-life farm and food systems cases. The casework experience is supported by lectures, seminars and supervision, and the goal is to develop competency for responsible action by linking theory and practice. After the first semester, elective courses (30 or 60 cr) give options for tailoring the students’ subject profiles. A master thesis (30 or 60 cr) concludes the MSc. program of 120 cr in total, approved by the advisors, may also include studies at cooperating universities.

Programme Structure

European Master of Agroecology- double degree option in collaboration with FESIA France

Please see the FESIA website for more information on the double degree programme, structure and application process.

Single degree option from NMBU Norway

Both options start with a full semester (30 credits) introducing students to the structures and functions of agroecosystems, methodology for describing, analysing and improving such systems, and for individual and group-based learning. In this semester there is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to current issues in farming and food systems.

Both degree options allow for the opportunity to study abroad at different universities during the second and third semesters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


    • The application period is 15 October - 1 December.


    • The application portal opens 15 February - 15 April for early admission, 1 June for regular.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in relevant field
  • Documented English qualifications
  • Visa
  • Motivation letter

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in agriculture, horticulture, economics, natural resources, biology, food science, nutrition, engineering, rural sociology, or other field related to agricultural production or the food sector. Practical experience from agriculture or the food sector is recommended.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland can provide documentation of financial ability, i.e. a minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses for each academic year in Norway.

Tuition Fee

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There are no tuition fees at NMBU. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

Living costs for Ås

  • 9420 - 15000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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