Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)
As an MSc in Sustainable Development in Agriculture, you will work with all critical aspects of agriculturally related development activities, from soil fertility management to rural livelihood strategies in the developing countries.
The programme is offered in English.
During the two-year MSc programme, you focus on many different aspects of agricultural development, from the development of cropping systems and sustainable food systems to the increase of livestock prodution. The preservation of natural resources, especially land, water, forests and biodiversity is also a key element in the programme.
The learning approach is field-oriented, and you will obtain skills in techniques for collecting data under different conditions combined with training in the research process.
Sustainable Development in Agriculture is part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus programme. It is offered by a consortium of six European universities: Wageningen University and Research Centre, University of Cork, Universiy of Catania, Universidad Polytécnica de Madrid, Montpellier SupAgro and University of Copenhagen. You are required to study at two of these universities of your choice and depending on which academic profile you want.
Profile and Career
Sustainable Development in Agriculture (referred to as Agris Mundus) is a two-year programme aimed at providing you with the qualifications to deal with the variety of specific local conditions in which agricultural development takes place.
The Agris Mundus programme trains you to cope with the current global/international concerns in agricultural and rural development. You will deal with the interaction between technical design (i.e. soil fertility, irrigation, erosion and degradation control, pest and disease control, drainage, moisture conservation) and social and market conditions (local, regional and global).
You will become an expert in identifying and critically analysing key factors shaping the development of crops, forests and animal production, the management of research and rural development projects and, finally, the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment. You will also be able to formulate and provide effective and appropriate responses to complex agriculture and natural resources-related issues.
The Agris Mundus programme qualifies you to many different jobs internationally as well as in Denmark. Some graduates find employment in development or food organisations such as UNEP, FAO or Danida here in Denmark.
Others find jobs in organisations working with developing countries, such as Red Cross, CARE, DCA or Children's Fund. You can also do research work within UN environmental and agricultural organisations, or at international research institutions and universities.
Your qualifications are also in demand by the private sector, e.g. companies involved in fair trade, ecology and global trade, such as certification, labeling, purchasing and sales.
Mobility is an integrated part of the Agris Mundus programmes. Thus, you will be studying at one partner university during the first year and at one of the other European partner universities during the second year. You can choose between ten study tracks distributed between the six partner universities.
All Agris Mundus students attend a common orientation week before the commencement of the first year. One major objective of the orientation week is to introduce you to the Agris Mundus programme and to start collective discussions between staff and students regarding the choice of optional modules in their future studies.
At the beginning of the second year, you will meet the other Agris Mundus students again for a joint research methodology workshop. This event is specifically organised to prepare you for the strong research orientation of the second year and to build up a common scientific corpus between the ten study tracks.
During the second year, you will be doing academic training and write a thesis based on at least five months of field work. In most cases, the field work will take place in a developing country in the Mediterranean or tropical zones.