Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Master On Campus
24 months
11529 EUR/year
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Can agriculture support both man and ecological systems? Is it possible to separate social and ecological systems in agriculture? Using case studies and field experience, the Agroecology programme from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings.


The Agroecology programme from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offers a head start for students who seek to work with development or research for agriculture. 

Farming and food production are ecologically, economically and socially important in all societies. Worldwide there is a need for academic experts that can deal with land use systems that are complex, multifunctional and rapidly changing. This programme investigates the social, economic and environmental barriers and opportunities for small scale and sustainable agricultural production. Some examples of subjects are: agronomy in a systems ecology perspective; farm production integrated with nature conservation and production of ecosystem services; the sociology of farming and agriculture. 

The programme is based on learning through experience, which means that the complexity of real life situations is the starting-point for study activities.  The programme uses real-life case material, for students to test and practice their ongoing acquired knowledge and skills. 

The programme contains theoretical bases and methodologies for agroecological and interdisciplinary analyses needed to contribute to sustainable development of livelihoods based on local renewable resources. The programme emphasises the relationship between biological resources and human societies. 

The programme has an international focus based upon educational partnership between SLU and universities in Ethiopia and Uganda. Diverse cultural backgrounds and academic experiences among students are both encouraged and regarded as constructive for the overall training process.

UN's sustainable development goals in the education

SLU's educations creates knowledge which contributes to the goals for sustainable development, both in Sweden and internationally. 


A master's degree with a major in Agricultural Science provides the opportunity to work with development projects, national as well as international. Other possible jobs can be exercise of authority, counseling, teaching and consulting assignments. Employers may be authorities, nonprofit organizations (NGOs), educational organizations and consulting business. These studies can also provide opportunities for post graduate studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Agroecology Basics
  • Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Project Management and Process Facilitation
  • Project based research training
  • Scientific Methods, Tools and Thesis Writing
  • Project based research training

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for the Agroecology - Master´s programme, the requirements are:

General entry requirements: a Bachelor´s degree (undergraduate cycle) corresponding to a minimum of 180 HEC/ECTS

Specific entry requirements: 90 credits specialisation in one of the following subjects/educational areas:

  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Technology
In addition, knowledge corresponding to English 6 (Swedish secondary school) is required. This is according to a local SLU decision fulfilled by those who have a degree comprising at least 180 credits at first cycle level from a Swedish higher educational institute or 120 credits completed studies at SLU. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11529 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23059 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • First instalment: 60 800 SEK 
  • Total programme: 243 000 SEK


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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