Master in Crop Protection

University of Göttingen

Program Description

Master in Crop Protection

University of Göttingen

Master in Crop Protection (M.Sc.)

Get the basis for an international career in agricultural sciences: The international Master Programme Crop Protection addresses the for mankind vital issues of crop health within sustainable crop production systems. The study programme is research and practice oriented, international and multidisciplinary. It opens career chances in agricultural sciences and institutions, and in the agro-industries. An internship in a private company or research institution offers the opportunity to link academic training with experience in interdisciplinary team work in a professional environment.

The interdisciplinary course of study "Crop Protection " is held in the English language. It unifies the subject areas that deal with the cause, development and spread of damage to crops, the development and application of efficient preventative and curative measures to fight damage as well as their effects on environment and society.

Programme structure

120 credits must be earned in the Master's progamme. These credits comprise subject-specific studies (lectures, internships, seminars), a 6-week internship as well as he Master's thesis including the colloquium.

For divisional studies, there is a comprehensive selection of modules from the fields of plant pathology, entomology, virology, biotechnology, crop cultivation, agricultural technology, toxicology, agricultural economics, etc.

The internship is part of the compulsory area and can be conducted in different areas of crop protection, industry, departmental research, consulting. The aim of the internship is to give students insight into the working life and help them acquire practical and application-oriented knowledge. Students must write an internship report and present it in a seminar.

In the Master's thesis, students will independently work out and depict a subject from the field of „Crop Protection“ according to scientific methods.

The programme is offered and coordinated by the „Division of Plant Pathology and Crop Protection“ in the „Department of Crop Sciences“ (DNPW).

The programme comprises 120 credits (ECTS):

  • Divisional studies (compulsory modules) 18 C
    • Scientific Working Methods (9 C)
    • 6-week internship (9 C)
  • Area of professionalisation (elective compulsory modules) 72 C, 6 of which are for key competencies
  • Master's thesis 30 C (incl. 6 C for the colloquium)

Forms of teaching and learning

The Master's programme requires compulsory attendance with lectures, seminars, internships, excursions, exercises and projects.

Occupational fields

  • Businesses of the agricultural and food industry
  • Special consulting on production technology
  • National and international agricultural industries
  • Service branches, e.g. as an appraiser or adviser
  • Public service, e.g. chambers and ministries of agriculture
  • International organisations
  • Environmental protection and landscaping
  • Institutes of higher education and research institutions

The programme „Crop Protection“ will cooperate with departmental research and businesses of the industry on different levels (internship, courses). Cooperation with businesses serves for early orientation of the contents of study to the current demands in the national and international fields of occupation of crop protection.

Language knowledge

Sufficient English knowledge to be verified through the minimum performance in an acknowledged test (Cambridge Certificate, TOEFL, IELTIS, UNIcert)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2017
4 semesters
Full time
Mar. 15, 2017
Application deadline: July 15th; for non-EU citizens March 15th (recommended)
Start date Oct. 2017
Germany Göttingen, Lower Saxony
Application deadline Mar. 15, 2017
Application deadline: July 15th; for non-EU citizens March 15th (recommended)
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Duration 4 semesters
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