Sustainable Agriculture - a.y. 2018/19

The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Padova aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems.

  Overview

Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-69 – Agriculture

Degree awarded: Master's degree in Sustainable agriculture

Start date: October 2018

Location: Agripolis, Legnaro (PD)

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 30  (5 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Padova aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level.

The normal duration of the course is two years and requires 120 university credits (or CFUs). The Master degree in Sustainable Agriculture will be awarded upon completion of the course. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA). Students can also  participate at the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees for the double degree in Plant Health In Sustainable Cropping Systems, Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 1.

The training course in Sustainable Agriculture,  includes two main areas of study:
1) Production: training in the areas of agronomy, crop and animal productions, soil science, plant breeding, and integrated management of pests and diseases, all aimed at the sustainability of the production process and its social implications;
2) Technology: training in the areas of management and protection of air-soil-water, use of biomass of agricultural plants and animals, land management, and management of the production process (at different geographic scales) considering both innovative technologies and socio-economic aspects.

  Course structure

  • Advanced Statistics 
  • Agrifood Economics And Policy
  • Gis For Agro-Environmental Studies
  • Integrated Management Of Arthropod Pests
  • Research Planning
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agricultural Management Of Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Plant Breeding 
  • Precision Farming
  • Soil Microbiology 
  • Sustainable Disease Management
  • Biotechnology In Plant Protection
  • Crop Physiology
  • Ipm Of Pathogens Of Fruit Crops In Temperate Climate
  • Ipm Of Pests Of Fruit Crops In Temperate Climate
  • Management Of Native And Non-Native Pests In The Landscape
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems
  • Sustainable Use Of Pesticides
  • Sustainable Viticulture And Woody Crop Production
  • Water Resources Management

Detailed information on course units

  Career opportunities

  • Management and consulting activities in agro-livestock systems
  • International marketing of agricultural products, livestock and industries
  • Development of innovative technologies within companies operating in the agriculture and livestock area
  • Control and monitoring of productive, environmental and economic performances of agricultural farms
  • Research and development of innovative technologies within private and public research institutions
  • Collaboration with private and public research institutions.

  Entry requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS HOLDING A QUALIFICATION OBTAINED IN ITALY

  • essential skills in agricultural and environmental sciences;
  • existing skills in investigative research methods as well as the ability to apply research findings to real problems;
  • graduation mark of 95/110 or higher.

Direct access is granted to applicants from the Italian first cycle degree courses Class 20 DM 509/99, Class L- 25 DM 270/04, Class L-32 DM 270/04 and Class L-38 DM 270/04.

Proficiency in English at B2 level or equivalent (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. If the candidate is an English native speaker or has completed his/her high school and/or Bachelor/first cycle degree in English, no language certification is required.

Applicants holding an Italian first cycle degree that does not grant direct access, must have at least 25 credits (CFU), according to the following subject areas:

AGR/01, AGR/02, AGR/03, AGR/04,  AGR/07,  AGR/11, AGR/12, AGR/09, AGR/13, AGR/19.

Maximum  tolerance of 10% of the required credits is acceptable. If the applicant does not hold the curricular requirements (qualification or minimum number of credits needed for access to the second cycle degree course) then admission is subjected to a preliminary assessment by the teaching committee. The personal motivations and the required skills for the admission will be verified through a face-to-face or an on-line interview. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS HOLDING A QUALIFICATION OBTAINED ABROAD

 A successful applicant for admission to the second cycle degree course must hold a first cycle/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification that guarantees:

  • essential skills on agricultural and environmental sciences;
  • existing skills in investigating research techniques as well as the ability to apply research findings to real problems.

 Proficiency in English at B2 level or equivalent (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required. If the applicant is an English native speaker or has completed his/her High School and/or Bachelor/first cycle degree in English, no language certification is required.

 Admission to the course is subject to an assessment by the Teaching committee that verifies, possibly also through an on line interview, the applicant’s motivations, knowledge and skills.

 The Teaching committee takes into account the applicant’s skills in agricultural and environmental sciences.

 Should there be difficulty in establishing the equivalent Italian First Cycle degree classification of the applicant’s foreign degree and the final degree grade, and in identifying the specific required skills the Teaching committee will evaluate the applicant’s overall curriculum.

Additional admission requirements for students applying to the double-degree programme:

  1. English Language Proficiency Requirement: Students whose primary language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are not more than two years old. If submitting the TOEFL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or overall score of 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT) with at least 20 on speaking and 20 on writing. If submitting the IELTS: a minimum overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0.
    Students who have received degrees from institutions in countries where English is the primary language usually are not required to submit the TOEFL (or IELTS) scores unless the degree was received more than two years prior to application to the Graduate School.
  2. Entrance Test Score GRE:  Scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required (minimum score 300). The general test of the GRE is offered year-round as a computer-based test at centers worldwide. Advance registration for tests is required.

  Language requirements

English: B2 level

  Application

The link to the online application platform as well as step by step guidelines on the online application procedure are included in the Call for Application below (page 2). Please follow the instructions carefully when applying online since links and procedures differ depending on the degree course.

The payment of the application fee (euro 30) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. For detailed payment instructions please read our guide. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. 

For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees are available on page: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees.

The total amount (euro 2600,00) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 185,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: