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Agricultural Sciences (M.Sc.)


Interdisciplinary with the best career prospects: The Master's degree programme in Agricultural Sciences deals with all issues related to the primary production of human and animal food as well as renewable raw materials. During your studies, you will deal with issues related to agriculture as well as its impact on society, the economy and the environment. Our graduates are able to define and interpret the specifics, boundaries, terminologies and doctrines of agricultural sciences.

Agricultural Sciences
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard period of study:
4 Semester
Start of studies:
Winter and summer semester
Teaching language:
Limited admission (application to the faculty)

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The Master's degree programme in Agricultural Sciences is a consecutive Master's degree programme in which achievements totalling 120 credits must be completed.

The basic theories, methods, procedures and problems of agricultural sciences are taught in an interdisciplinary approach. In doing so, students acquire a broad, detailed and critical understanding and decided knowledge of scientific work as well as the ability for scientifically sound analyses in the agricultural science disciplines. This knowledge and understanding forms the basis for the development and/or application of independent ideas and enables students to apply their problem-solving skills to new situations that have a broader or multidisciplinary context in the field of agricultural economics. Those who have completed the study of agricultural sciences will be able to define and interpret the specifics, boundaries, terminologies and doctrines of agricultural sciences.

The broad-based Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with more than 30 scientific institutions offers students a wide range of disciplines and specialisations - divided into the Departments of Livestock Sciences, Crop Sciences and Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

The degree programme is modularised, which has the following advantages:

  • As a rule, one-semester courses
  • corresponding examinations at the end of each module
  • Continuous monitoring of success by determining the current grade average (Grade Average Point)
The internationally recognised Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree can be obtained through the successful completion of the study programme.

Students can choose one of the following five specialisations:

  • Agribusiness
  • Crop Sciences
  • Farm animal science
  • Resource management
  • Economic and social sciences of agriculture
Due to the modularisation of the degree programme, students can also specialise further within the fields of study by choosing certain modules.

In addition to the lectures, special topics are studied in depth in smaller study groups, the so-called exercises.

The following working groups, which are organised by students, allow you to take part in excursions and attend interesting lectures by external speakers. Here you can also get involved yourself.

Research projects and university cooperations make it possible to spend semesters abroad in many countries through the Erasmus programme or other exchange programmes.

In addition to studying at a renowned Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the city also offers a high level of attractiveness as a small city in the countryside. Due to the large proportion of students in the total population, the student city thrives on the university.

Diverse cultural offerings for young people as well as pubs, green spaces and an excellent university sports programme make it possible to develop not only professionally but also personally and socially and to make many new contacts - for example with international fellow students from all over the world. In addition, there are committed university groups on many different topics.

The various career paths with a degree in agricultural science are enormously diverse. Many graduates go into one of the following fields:

  • Service Sector/Scientific Institutions/Agribusiness
  • upstream of agriculture (e.g. fertilisers/plant breeding)
  • Agriculture
  • Downstream of agriculture (e.g. trade, food industry)
  • outside agribusiness (e.g. banks, insurance companies)

In all the fields of activity listed, new interdisciplinary questions are constantly arising, which are answered through study and future-oriented research. Current topics are, for example:

  • Breeding of new cereal varieties with constant yields under different environmental influences
  • Species-appropriate husbandry of farm animals
  • Use of risk management strategies to mitigate the economic impact of fluctuations in primary agricultural production
  • The positioning of agricultural enterprises on the international agricultural market
  • The sensible use of renewable energies
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A total of 120 credits must be earned in the Master's degree programme in Agricultural Sciences. Modules amounting to 90 credits must be completed, whereby 6 credits are generally awarded for a successfully passed module. In addition, there is the Master's thesis (24 credits) including a colloquium (6 credits).120 credits must be earned in the Master's programme in Agricultural Sciences. Modules amounting to 90 credits must be completed, whereby 6 credits are usually awarded for a successfully passed module. In addition, there is the Master's thesis (24 credits) including a colloquium (6 credits).

In the degree programme, a specialisation can be chosen from a total of five possible specialisations:

  • Agribusiness
  • Crop Sciences (NPW)
  • Farm Animal Science (NTW)
  • Resource management
  • Economics and Social Sciences of Agriculture (WiSoLa)
In each specialisation, at least 15 modules totalling 90 credits must be completed, which are to be contributed in 4 blocks (A, B, C and D).

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Application deadlines

  • Start winter semester: 01.05. - 15.07.
  • Start summer semester: 01.12. – 15.01.


At least six semesters of study with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree totalling at least 180 ECTS credits in the degree programme Agricultural Sciences or in a closely related subject.

At least 150 ECTS credits of the 180 ECTS must be proven at the time of application


Achievements in agricultural sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences, resource management, natural sciences or economics and social sciences amounting to at least 90 credits, of which at least 60 credits in credits in agricultural, crop or livestock sciences.

Final examinations that have been passed in abroad require a determination of equivalence by the Admissions Commission.

Language skills

Applicants without a German higher education entrance qualification and without a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a German higher education institution must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language.

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