Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc)VHL University of Applied Sciences
Study Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc)
This applied Master programme is designed for mid-career horticulture,
livestock or forest professionals working in the private or public sector. It
is suitable for candidates tasked to increase efficiency, control product
quality or facilitating the linkage between chain stakeholders as a chain
supporter. This programme is experience-based and practise-oriented
and approaches value chain development from the different perspectives
of sustainability, business economics, logistics, quality management,
certification, marketing, information flows and international trends.
The programme focuses on facilitating developments and innovations
in the agricultural production chain while keeping up with fluctuations
in demands and policies. Graduates 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 provides all competences required to build
sustainable relations with chain stakeholders and to communicate global
value chain developments in a multicultural setting.
If you are a mid-career horticulture or livestock or forestry professional with an interest in managing an agri-related business, this programme will prepare you for the wear and tear of one of the world’s most important, and powerful, industries.
The Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management has three specialisations:
- Horticulture Chains (1 year Master Programme)
- Livestock Chains (1 year Master Programme)
- Forest Chains (1 year Master Programme)
- Chain facilitator
- Chain manager
- Value Chain Specialist
- Value Chain Researcher
- Project coordinator
- Innovation manager
- Transition manager
- Policy maker
- Auditor quality assurance
- Trainer / instructor - Consultant
Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.
General admission requirement
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields.
Two years of relevant work experience on middle or higher management positions. In case you have less than two years of experience, your request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre.
All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:
- Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
- TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (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.
Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted. Please ensure you allow enough time to investigate the availability and costs of attaining a language certificate in your own country.
What happens if you are not able to provide the official language test results? If your previous education was taught in English and you can proof this with a medium of instruction statement from the university you can still apply. You then need to do an alternative language test which can be a phone interview or an online language test. After you hand in your medium of instruction statement you will receive further instructions from us.
The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:
- Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Canada (English-speaking areas).
- Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
- Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma with final grade 5.5 or higher for English
- Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details), including a final examination in English.
Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) is highly recommended.
For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.
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Scholarships & funding
There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.
For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programmes a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).
Master and Certificate Programmes
Our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). The OKP scholarship is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.
For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.
Master EEA € 14.250 / per year*
Master non-EEA € 14.250 / per year*
* established by the Dutch Government; subject to change
All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
You will receive a Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc).
Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.
About this institute
Innovative, sustainable and meaningful! 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 Holland! We offer a range of unique...
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 programmes 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 programme for you!
• Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
• Sustainable thinking and doing: Make a difference!
• Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
• International internships incorporated within the programmes
• Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
• Unique study programmes in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner
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