Four leading European universities in the field of agriculture and life sciences have developed the MSc programme in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (EUR-Organic): the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria), Aarhus University (Denmark) and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland).
The EUR-Organic double-degree programme offers a comprehensive, integrative education in all areas of organic farming, including the processing and commercialisation of organic food. The core of EUR-Organic comprises areas of specialisation that enable the students to profit from the partner universities particular and complementary strengths in teaching and research.
By offering the programme jointly, the partner universities can offer a wide range of both elective and compulsory modules on organic agriculture and food systems and thus create added value for students in both teaching and research, for example in the wide range of topics for the Masters thesis. Students are challenged throughout their studies by different thematic approaches. While the University of Hohenheim focuses primarily on the food chain, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences emphasises the system-based approach of organic farming. At Aarhus University, EUR-Organic is a distinct line under the MSc in Agrobiology, where students can focus on either organic animal production or organic plant and fruit production, while Warsaw University of Life Sciences offers a specialised study profile on organic food processing and marketing.
In order to benefit from these complementary areas of expertise and gain the maximum from the programme, students are required to spend one year at their chosen home university and one year at their chosen host university.
All students will study at two different EUR-Organic partner universities. The university at which the student is accepted in the first year of the EUR-Organic is referred to as the home university; the university chosen as second university is referred to as the host university. Students may nominate the University of Hohenheim, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences or Aarhus University as home university, but may choose between all four institutions as host university. Work on the student thesis is assigned to the host university, but the thesis may be jointly supervised.
The full MSc study programme comprises 120 ECTS: two basic semester packages (2 x 30 ECTS), one specialisation semester package (30 ECTS), and the thesis (30 ECTS). The programme begins with a joint start-up module that is compulsory for all students enrolled in the double-degree programme.
Detailed information about the programme is available online at the home-page, including information about the specialisations offered by the partner universities and the corresponding semester packages. This information is essential to registration by students for courses at both their home and their chosen host university.
Students require a BSc or equivalent degree in agriculture or a related discipline (e.g. biology, food technology, economics, nutrition sciences, environmental sciences) following at least three years of university studies. Over and above these general entry requirements, selection will be based upon grades, educational background and relevant professional experience. Additional professional qualifications can also be considered. The degree must be obtained at an acknowledged institution. Admission criteria also include English language skills.
The full MSc study programme comprises 120 ECTS: two basic semester packages (2 x 30 ECTS),one specialisation semester package (30 ECTS), and the thesis (30 ECTS). The programme begins with a joint start-up module that is compulsory for all students enrolled in the double degree programme.
All students on the programme will study at two different EUR-Organic partner universities. The university where the student is accepted in the first year of the EUR-Organic is referred to as the home university; and the university chosen as second university is referred to as the host university. As the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna) and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) do not yet offer a full MSc programme, students may currently nominate only the University of Hohenheim (Germany) or Aarhus University (Denmark) as home university, but may choose between all four institutions as host university.
Work on the student thesis is assigned to the host university, though the thesis may be jointly supervised.
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.
There are no EU grants that will cover your entire M.Sc. programme. Fully registered students can apply for Erasmus grants during their stay at the host university. Please contact the international office at your home university if you want to apply for an Erasmus grant.
Aarhus University administers a few scholarships financed by the Danish state for highly qualified non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants to Masters degree programmes. The number of scholarships/tuition waivers is usually very limited. Students cannot apply for a scholarship, but will be nominated through their application for admission for a Master's programme.