The Master in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems can be studied as a single or as a double degree. Students pursuing a double degree will spend their first year of studies at the home university and complete the second year at one of four European partner universities. A broad variety of modules offered by Hohenheim and its partners gives each student the opportunity to tailor a specific profile according to his or her own career aspirations in the organic sector.
At the University of Hohenheim, students will have to complete eight compulsory modules and one elective module during their first year of studies. The compulsory and problem-based interdisciplinary module "Project in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems" constitutes a major focus of the programme, comprising 12 credits.
Students who decide on the double degree will have to spend the third and fourth semesters at one of four partner universities. They will choose courses based on their special field of interest and start working on the Master's thesis. Single degree students will stay in Hohenheim, completing modules of their choice selected out of the entire catalogue of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. They will also complete the Master's thesis supervised by one of Hohenheim's professors.
Study abroad unit(s)
Students who decide on the double degree programme will study at the University of Hohenheim for one year and at one of four European partner universities for one year. Therefore, studies abroad are an integral part of this Master's programme.
Furthermore, single degree students have the opportunity to complete the third semester modules at one of the many partner universities abroad.
Internships are not compulsory, but recommended. The internship must be organised by the student and has to fit the schedule of the programme. Upon request, the Career Center may assist in finding an internship.
Forms of assessment
Written assessment (exams, presentations, essays, thesis)
Oral assessment (exams, presentations, defence)
The EUR-Organic programme offers a comprehensive and integrative education in all areas of organic farming as well as the processing and commercialisation of organic food. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills related to all aspects of the organic sector (production, processing, marketing, and certification):
- organic crop production
- organic animal husbandry
- organic farming in the tropics
- organic food chains and networks
- influence of European policy on the development of the organic sector
- consumer demands
- organic market development in different European countries
Furthermore, students improve the following skills:
- team work in a structured and goal-oriented way
- leading teams
- systematically developing solutions