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Agrosystem Sciences

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master’s program Agrosystem Sciences deals with systems of agricultural production, their biological, technical, and economic drivers and their integration within agro-ecosystems. This research-oriented program allows students to develop an individual profile of knowledge and competencies.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Agriculture is a pillar of modern civilization, an important cultural asset and a key economic driver. At the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, we believe that solid academic training and research in this field are necessary to provide for the lasting future of human kind.

The master’s program Agrosystem Sciences deals with agricultural production systems (e.g. plant and livestock production) as well as with interactions between soils, crops, livestock, the environment and society. As such, the program prepares graduates to solve the challenges of the future, in particular, those in the areas of food production, renewable resources, the environment and climate.

The master’s program Agrosystem Sciences qualifies agricultural scientists who understand scientific, societal and global challenges on the path to sustainable agriculture.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The degree program comprises required modules (45 CP), elective modules (45 CP), and a master’s thesis (30 CP). The program provides students a wide range of choices in designing their individual profile of studies.

The 7 required modules convey fundamental knowledge in modern agricultural production systems, such as nutrient cycles in agricultural production systems and agroecosystems, agricultural economics as well as methodological competencies in statistical methods and geo-information systems. The required modules “Project: Agricultural Systems” and an individually chosen “Research Project” form the core of the program, while elective modules allow students to develop their individual strengths and interests. Students choos from a variety of courses related to several areas of Agrosystem Sciences, such as systems of plant production, livestock production, agro-ecosystems, agricultural economics and interdisciplinary subjects. Students have the option to spend a semester abroad during the 2nd or 3rd semester. The degree program concludes with a master’s thesis.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Graduates possess knowledge of the biological, socioeconomic, and technological aspects of Agrosystem Sciences, including their interactions. They are also familiar with the sustainable use of natural production factors necessary for the production of food and biogenic resources. The program’s flexibility allows graduates to develop highly individual and interdisciplinary expertise in the field of Agrosystem Sciences.

Depending on their choice of electives and research projects, graduates acquire discipline-specific knowledge in the breeding and biotechnological development of cultivated plants, the primary production of foods from animal sources, the biological, ecological, and technical analysis and management of agricultural ecosystems, as well as the integration of innovations in the agricultural sciences.

Initial research experience enables graduates to apply interdisciplinary methods that embrace biology, the interface between the natural sciences and technology, and socioeconomic fields. Graduates are conscious of their social responsibility and take into consideration how their actions relate to resource efficiency, environmental protection, animal welfare, and food security.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

There are diverse career opportunities for graduates of Agrosystem Sciences:

  1. Research (e.g. university, departmental research in companies)
  2. Management tasks/leadership roles in agricultural industries and agribusiness (e.g., plant and animal breeding, consulting of agricultural and agribusiness firms, financial services, marketing)
  3. Management tasks/leadership roles in agricultural administration/in ministries
  4. Environmental management/sustainability management
  5. International organizations

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

In detail:

How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline.

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

In detail:

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

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