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Organic Agricultural Systems and Agroecology, M.Sc.

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Farmers, consumers, processors, and traders are increasingly interested in high value products that fulfil ethical, social, ecological, and economic quality standards. For this reason, a growing amount of food is produced and processed according to the standards of Organic Farming. As Organic Farming is based on a holistic approach thus the production, processing and marketing of organically grown food requires special skills and knowledge. To meet this demand the master programme Organic Agricultural Systems and Agroecology was designed and offers an education related to all aspects of the organic sector and agroecology.

Special skills and knowledge comprise and link ecological, economic, political, cultural, geographical as well as production related characteristics of sustainable land-use systems (organic crop production, organic animal husbandry, organic farming in the tropics and subtropics, organic food chains and networks, influence of European policy on the development of the organic sector, consumer demands, organic market development in different European countries etc.).

Learning and research is problem- and project-oriented using practical inter- and transdisciplinary methods. This approach enables critical reflection and discrete thinking to design sound and sustainable land-use systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Participatory methods in development research and practice
  • Methods and tools of rural development
  • Core seminar rural development
  • Nature and landscape conservation economics
  • Principles of empirical research methods in the social sciences
  • Participation and conflict resolution
  • Organisational behaviour and gender issues
  • Business administration and marketing in Austrian agriculture
  • Direct marketing
  • Decision support systems
  • Global networking
  • Principles of law for biotechnology
  • Plant biochemistry
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Practical course in plant biotechnology
  • Bioclimatology
  • Soil water management
  • Soil conservation and soil protection
  • Lecture series in soil, water and atmosphere

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Students require a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or an equivalent degree in Agriculture or a related discipline (e.g. Biology, Food Technology, Nutrition Sciences, Environmental Sciences) following at least three years of university studies.
  • Students who hold a Bachelor degree in Economics are admissible at the University of Hohenheim and can choose Aarhus University as host university for the second year of their studies.
  • Students to be admitted at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna have to prove definite content-related requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1454 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 727 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    726 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 363 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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