Why study Master`s degree in Sustainable Agriculture?
Become an expert in sustainable agricultural production and contribute with your acquired skills to meet the following challenges and expectations of the global food production:
- Increasing the food production over time to feed a growing human population
- Maintaining and improving sufficient areas of productive land
- Avoiding environmental pollution from agriculture
- Contributing positively in the struggle against global warming
- Producing high quality food that will improve the health of the consumers
- Securing the primary producers good income and recognition in the society
What kind of expertise will I gain?
- apply scientific knowledge to applied problems, generally whitin ecology and specifically within agricultural sustainability
- to plan and execute complex projects that contribute to making agriculture more sustainable
- identify, assess and refer to the most updated relevant research within sustainable agriculture
- master relevant scientific tools within sustainable agriculture
- to disseminate scientific knowledge to fellow academicians as well as to farmers and the general public
The master degree graduate in sustainable agriculture will be qualified for:
- Research and advisory services in agriculture
- Public service relating to agriculture at municipal, county and central government levels
- Teaching in various educational institutions. Additional training in pedagogy may be needed.
- Entering a PhD program within agricultural sciences or applied ecology.
About the programme
The Master programme in Sustainable Agriculture will focus on the following main topics:
- relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems whitin appiled ecology and agricultural practices
- the environmental impacts of agricultural production
- knowledge of the history and traditions of the concept of sustainability as it is applied to agriculture, as well as the importance of agricultural sustainability to the society
- knowledge of innovative thinking and innovation processes within agriculture.
To enter the program, the students are required to have a bachelor's degree within agricultural or related sciences (e.g. agronomy, soil science, crop science, animal science, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, forestry or wildlife management) and to confirm the achievement of either:
- A Norwegian bachelor degree, or an education recognized as being equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor degree
- An education recognized as three years of higher education in Norway
- Education approved as equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees according to University law § 3-4
Note that bachelor degrees (3 years of study) from a number of countries are recognized only as 2 years of higher education in Norway. Among these are most South American countries, USA, Russia and a number of Asian and African countries like India and Nigeria. For more information on recognition criteria visit NOKUT.
Your degree from higher education has to include the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits of the following subjects:
- Minimum 7,5 ECTS-credit equivalents in statistics or similar topics;
- Minimum 72,5 ECTS-credit equivalents in agricultural or related topics, e.g. agronomy, soil science, crop science, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, forestry or wildlife management.
The study may be limited to a certain number of students decided yearly. In this case the ranking of students will follow the average weighted (ECTS credits) marks from your degree in higher education.
English language requirements:
All non-native English speakers must provide official documentation of English language proficiency at a high level.
We require one of the following English language tests with a minimum of the following scores:
- Toefl internet based: 80
- Toefl paper based: 550
- IELTS: 6
A fulfilled master degree meets the requirements for PhD studies in Norway and other European countries.