Specialization in „Tropical Agricultural and Agroecosystems Sciences“

The profile “Tropical Agriculture” within the MSc program “Sustainable International Agriculture” aims at qualifying students to become open minded, well trained professionals in sustainable agricultural land use of integrated tropical and subtropical agro-ecosystems. A wide range of modules in soil, plant, animal and socio-economic sciences as well as method-oriented classes confer skills for in-depth analysis, understanding and possible modification of existing farming systems in the wake of need for a resource efficient production of agricultural goods that responds to the challenges of population growth, globalisation and climate change in a site-specific way. A bi-annual two-week excursion to a tropical country (e.g. Oman, Mexico, Kenya, and Thailand), and participation in on-going long-term field research projects of different faculty members allow you to test-apply your skills under real conditions while collecting credits.

The agricultural faculties of Göttingen and Kassel-Witzenhausen have a long-standing history of research in (sub)tropical countries, and their internationally recognised staff provide you with up-to-date teaching and mentoring as well as scientific guidance. In this way you will be well-prepared for challenging jobs in research and development organisations, input-, production and output sectors of agricultural commodities, and at the level of national and regional governments and administration in an international context.

Compulsory modules

The following bridging module and four compulsory modules must be taken. Upon application, the bridging module can be skipped if past academic achievements testify the respective knowledge:

For a detailed module description, please refer to the current module catalogue.

    Winter Term (WiSe)

  • M.SIA.A11 Tropical animal husbandry systems
    (Göttingen, Prof. Dr. E. Schlecht)
  • M.SIA.I12 Sustainable International Agriculture: basic principles and approaches
    (Witzenhausen, Prof. Dr. E. Schlecht)
  • M.SIA.P07 Soil and plant science (Bridging module)
    (Witzenhausen, Dr. H. Saucke)
  • M.SIA.P22 Managment of tropical plant production systems
    (Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Reimund P. Rötter)

  • Summer Term (SoSe)

  • M.SIA.I10M Applied statistical modelling
    (Witzenhausen, Prof. Bernard Ludwig)


  • Mandatory modules

    Four mandatory modules must be chosen (among these, at least one methodological module coded with M). Click here for a list of the mandatory modules.

    Elective modules

    Six elective modules are to be chosen. You can also chose elective modules from the list of so far not attended mandatory modules. Click here for the list of elective modules.


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