MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business International Hellenic University (IHU)
Info Session - MSc in Sustainable Agriculture
(23 Mar. 2023, 19:00)
The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The courses are taught exclusively in English and conducted through flexible learning methods combining traditional face-to-face education with distant learning.
The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business approach agriculture from an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on:
- Increasing agricultural production whilst minimizing the impact on the environment;
- Developing and managing agricultural enterprises of various sizes;
- Agricultural products marketing and trading.
The Programme aims at:
- University and technological education institute graduates who wish to acquire expertise in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness;
- Professionals who wish to establish start-up agricultural companies that bring new ideas to both farming and the market;
- Professionals who work in the private/public agricultural/agribusiness sectors and wish to redirect their careers or enhance their existing capabilities.
The core courses
The core courses ensure that you acquire knowledge of practical concepts and attain skills directly relevant to your career aspirations.
First Term – Core Courses
- The Biological Environment
- Soil Processes
- Integrated Disease Management
- Integrated Management of Arthropods
- Management and Marketing Strategies
Second Term – Core Courses
- Use of Modern Technologies in Different Crops
- Management of Soil Resources
- Agri & Bio-Product Finance
- Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
The elective courses
- Agricultural and Food Policy
- Greenhouse Management
- Water Management
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Trade and Markets
Students should select one course. The above list is indicative and continuously updated. Electives may vary from year to year depending on current interest and student demand.
The dissertation is an individual project of original scientific work. The subject is chosen from a list of topics suggested by a faculty member, who acts as a supervisor. Alternatively, students may choose a research-based dissertation of two semesters’ duration.
The duration of the MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Business and ECTS credited depends on the kind of stream being chosen by the students. This stream is determined by the nature of the undertaken dissertation (experimental or nonexperimental dissertation). For students who will choose a non-experimental dissertation, the full-time attendance of taught courses for two academic semesters and the preparation of a master’s dissertation for one more semester are required. For those who will choose an experimental dissertation, the programmes curriculum requires the full-time attendance of taught courses for two academic semesters plus two academic semesters for the preparation of the master’s dissertation. For students who wish to attend the programme on a part-time basis, the programme gives this possibility upon their request. In this case, the duration of the MSc is doubled.
Teaching takes place on weekends afternoons, through flexible learning methods combining the traditional face-to-face education with distant learning. The programme starts every November.
Teaching methods are based on learner-centered education standards and involve:
(a) face-to-face or classroom based learning (students will be required to be physically present at the University for one or two days at the beginning of each semester)
(b) asynchronous learning (students will use online learning resources and will be assessed through a variety of diagnostic tools and formative assessment techniques)
(c) synchronous learning (‘teleconferences’ and virtual meetings will be held regularly during each semester) and
(d) summative assessment (students will be required to be physically present at the University for the final exams at the end of each semester).