Masters in AgroecologySLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Masters in Agroecology
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 Master´s Programme in Agroecology guides students through a learning process on agriculture as an open system, dependent on its global and regional surroundings, as well as people and local resources. The programme 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.
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
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. English 6 can also be achieved in other ways, which are specified on the University Admissions in Sweden website.
For entry to the different courses included within the programme, the specific entry requirements prescribed for each individual course apply.
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The programme is based on learning through experience, which means that the complexity of real life situations is the starting-point for study activities. It 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. It emphasizes 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.
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
- First instalment: 60 800 SEK
- Total programme: 243 000 SEK
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.
About this institute
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. SLU's educational programmes give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of...
Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
SLU's educational programs give students the opportunity to work with global challenges in a number of fields with strong connections to the UN sustainability goals. Our students are in demand on the labour market and often find employment immediately after graduating.
Teaching at SLU takes place in close cooperation with research. We are the only Swedish university offering professional degrees in the following fields:
- Agricultural science
- Animal science
- Forest science
- Landscape architecture
- Veterinary medicine.
The program offering also includes a number of international Master’s programs, such as Forest Ecology and Sustainable management, Horticultural Science, Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being and Sustainable Food Systems.
More than 40 per cent of our courses are taught in English, and 60 per cent of our Master’s students come from countries other than Sweden. At our campuses there are students from around 50 countries.
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