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PlantHealth - Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The PlantHealth - Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems programme at University of Padova is organised by a consortium of six Universities from four European countries: Montpellier SupAgro, Agrocampus Ouest and AgroParis Tech (France), University of Göttingen (Germany), University of Padova (Italy) and Universitat Politècnica de València.


These Universities are highly proficient and experienced in teaching courses on general and specific aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In addition, all partners have an excellent reputation in research on various fundamental and applied aspects in plant health management, and keep strong links with enterprises of the plant protection sector and research institutes in Europe.

Plant health management is a key subject of global development with regard to food safety, food security and environmental preservation.

A key issue is the need to take into account the population dynamics of pests, pathogens or weeds in the context of the whole agro-ecosystem, including beneficials, and the impact of the cropping system. 

The development of safe crop protection methods requires the education of highly skilled professionals for crop protection management in a sustainable agriculture, in the developed countries as well as in the developing world. This is the core mission of the European Master Degree in Plant Health in sustainable cropping systems.

PlantHealth provides students with an attractive and innovative programme which shall allow them to develop the ability to see plant health in a broad context with a focus on sustainability, taking into account all relevant agronomic factors, like plant variety, nutrition, soil tillage, crop rotation, etc. Students will obtain the skills and knowledge of advanced mycology, virology, entomology, nematology and weed science, to efficiently analyse or diagnose biotic and/or abiotic constraints in productivity of Sustainable Cropping Systems.

Career opportunities

The PlantHealth - Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems programme at University of Padova provides successful graduates with the competencies necessary to work in sustainable plant health management, with a sound theoretical background, the ability to apply their knowledge, the skills to act at international level, and the cultural-awareness required in a globalised world. Successful students will be able to apply to high-level PhD programmes or pursue a career in the practical plant health sector.

At present, job opportunities in the diverse sectors of plant health management are considered to be particularly favourable and they are expected to further improve in the future. Governmental authorities need experts to adapt regulations and to establish national policies for plant protection. The demand for well-trained professionals is also high in professional organisations to support farmers in private and public extension services, and in the agrochemical companies. The agro-industry urgently needs graduates at Master or Ph.D. level for positions in research and development of molecules, stewardship, registration and marketing.

Programme Structure


  • Tropical horticulture and temperate vegetable crops
  • Temperate crops, arable crops and crops for energy
  • Mediterranean crops in orchards and greenhouse
  • Temperate fruit crops
  • Ornamental plants and landscapes

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Application deadline For scholarships: End of January. Additional calls will be open for self-funded students.

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science degree (180 ECTS) in Agronomy / Agricultural Sciences or related fields. 180 ECTS usually equal to a 3-year full-time undergraduate/bachelor degree, with at least 4 ECTS in Plant Health or Crop Protection, or equivalent.
  • Language proficiency documentation: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), except when English is your mother tongue.
  • Application complete including two reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Types of scholarships:

  • Candidates from Programme Countries
  • Candidates from Partner Countries 
  • Additional Scholarships for Asia – Region 6 - LDC(Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal)
  • Additional Scholarships for Asia – Region 6 – MDC (DPR Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam)
  • Additional Scholarships for Latin America – Region 8(Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela)
  • Additional Scholarships for ENI South – Region 3 (Algeria Egypt Israel Jordan Lebanon Libya Morocco Palestine, Syria and Tunisia)

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