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Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Keeping up with international developments

This applied Master programme is designed for mid-career horticulture, livestock or (agro)forestry professionals working in the private or public sector. It is suitable for candidates tasked to increase efficiency, control product quality or facilitating linkages between stakeholders in the value chain. This programme is experience and practice-oriented. It approaches food systems and value chain development from the different perspectives of sustainability. It integrates the systems approach with international trends, business economics, marketing, logistics, information flows, quality management, certification and organisational change.

The programme focuses on facilitating inclusive developments and innovations in the agricultural production chain while keeping up with fluctuations in demands and policies. Graduates develop an entrepreneurial attitude and are competent to conduct applied research towards resilient value chain governance and design new business models for chain actors. Graduates are also trained to reflect on their professionalism in an international business environment. This Master programme
calls for an interdisciplinary approach and provides all competences required to build strong relations with chain stakeholders and to communicate global value chain developments in a multicultural setting.

Admission requirements


A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields. Your diploma will be evaluated after we have received your complete application.

Work experience 

Two years of relevant work experience on middle or higher management positions. If you have less than two years of experience you can still apply: the student Service Centre will then assess if you qualify.

English proficiency

International students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Depending on your diploma you might be exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Please visit our website for more information.

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Program content

This one-year Master programme consists of a nine-month taught programme and a three-month thesis research project. It involves a series of modules that develop competences, including disciplinary knowledge and expertise and professional skills and attitude.

The programme consists of the following modules:

  • Value Chain Analysis and Development
  • Value Chain Governance
  • Applied Research design
  • Applied Research project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.


Tuition fee: € 13,750 a year


  • Degree : Master of Science (MSc)
  • When you successfully graduate from Agricultural Production Chain Management you will have obtained a Masterof Science  degree (MSc).

Career paths

  • Chain facilitator
  • Chain manager
  • Value Chain Specialist
  • Value Chain Researcher
  • Project coordinator
  • Innovation manager
  • Transition manager
  • Policy maker
  • Auditor quality assurance
  • Trainer / instructor
  • Consultant

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Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

  • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
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  • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
  • International internships incorporated within the programs
  • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
  • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

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