Start of Studies:
Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in agriculture, horticulture, economics, natural resources, biology, food science, nutrition, engineering, rural sociology, or other field related to agricultural production or the food sector.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in agriculture, horticulture, economics, natural resources, biology, food science, nutrition, engineering, rural sociology, or other field related to agricultural production or the food sector.
The following compulsory requirements must be in place for the application to be considered:
- A motivation letter specifically aimed at the program
- A weighted, average grade of minimum C (from the Bachelor's degree) is required at NMBU to be qualified for applying to Master's degrees
- English language ability in accordance with the NMBU regulations
The first semester (30 cr.) is a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, economic and social issues in farming and food systems for both the single degree and the double degree students. They all start with the course PAE302 - Agroecology: Action learning in farming and food systems. In this semester there is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to current issues in farming and food systems.The focus is on agroecosystems, on holistic methodology for their study, evaluation and improvement, attitudes, ethics and values, and on individual and group-based learning. Learning is based on exploring real-life farm and food systems cases. The casework experience is supported by lectures, seminars and supervision, and the goal is to develop competency for responsible action by linking theory and practice.
NMBU - single degree option.
In the second semester, the single degree students have the obligatory course PAE306 - Agroecology: Action oriented research . In addition to this, students select 20 credits of elective courses. It is also possible to go on student exchange in the second and/or the third semester. More information about NMBUs exchange agreements can be found here:
Students may do a 30 or 60 credit thesis with the single degree from NMBU. More information about the thesis will be given in the course PAE306 in the second semester.
European Master of Agroecology- double degree option in collaboration with FESIA France
Both the single degree option and the double degree option start with the first semester at NMBU where all students do the course PAE302 - Agroecology: Action learning in farming and food systems. For the second semester, the double degree students can stay for one more semester at NMBU or they can go on an exchange through ISARAs student exchange agreements. For the third semester double degree student are at ISARA taking classes. And in their final semester they complete a 30 ECTS master thesis.
Please see the FESIA website for more information on the double degree programme, structure and application process.
The program prepares students for a wide range of positions concerning conventional and organic agriculture and food systems, such as in advisory services and extension, development projects, management of agricultural and natural resources, environmental protection, and further education and research.
- Sara Hansdotter - advisor at the Norwegian Center for Organic agriculture (NORSØK)
- Lucas Van den Abeele - Cereal network coordinator in Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
- Edona Arnesen - Head of Produce & Producer Relations at Dagens Norge AS
- Paula Victoria Capodistrias - Project leader at Matsentralen Norge
- Master of Agroecology - Employment opportunities
A candidate who has completed the programme is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and competence:
- Describes and analyzes structure and function of conventional and alternative farming and food systems.
- Maps and analyzes different dimensions of complex farming and food system in case studies.
- Demonstrates thorough knowledge of systemic methods of analysis of farming and food systems.
- Applies methods for systems analysis and improvement on issues related to sustainable development of farming and food system, based on a participatory action research approach.
- Carries out interdisciplinary analyses of farming and food systems and evaluates solutions related to sustainability in collaboration with colleagues from other academic fields.
- Analyzes existing theories, methods and interpretations within agroecology.
- Compares different interpretations and methodologies within the field of agroecology.
- Describes the role of agroecology in relation to sustainable farming in food systems in Norway and globally.
- Reads scientific articles.
- Accesses multiple sources of information and uses these critically and creatively in analysis of issues related to the development of farming and food systems.
- Carries out systems oriented action research and reflection in collaboration with academics and stakeholders in farming and food systems.
- Maps and analyzes conflicting goals and values in relation to sustainable farming and food systems in the interplay between economic, social and ecological factors.
- Identifies and explains ethical issues related to stakeholder involvement in research and development (action research).
- Contributes to sustainable development of farming and food system through action research including visioning, rich picturing and action planning.
- Directs one`s own learning by:
- Exploring and defining learning goals and needs
- Making a strategy for how to achieve this
- Continuous reflection on one`s own learning process and reframing of one`s own goals and actions.
- Works independently on practical and theoretical problems, including the linkages between the two.
- Applies knowledge and skills in new and complex situations in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
- Communicates and collaborates in academic work in an international and multi-cultural class context and also involving diverse stakeholders in an extra-university context.
- Carries out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics in collaboration with stakeholders in farming and food systems.
- Communicates the master`s thesis work using the language and terminology of agroecology, both orally and in writing.
- Communicates about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public.
- Contributes to strategic development related to the complex development of farming and food systems.
- Takes responsibility for contributing professionally in a work or study environment.
- Reviews the strategic performance of teams when collaborating with stakeholders in farming and food systems.
- There are good opportunities for students to study abroad within the normal time frame of the programme. The second and third semester of the programme can be completed in Norway or another country. NOVA and Erasmus offer courses that may be integrated into the elective part of the programme in the second and third semester. The most important cooperating universities are in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands and the USA.
The program consists of the following parts: Core courses in agroecology emphasising farming and food systems (PAE302, 30 credits), and PAE306 - Agroecology: Action oriented research (10 credits). Five credits at 100 level in foreign language is accepted in the degree for students at the M-AE program `European master`. The master`s thesis is normally at 30 credits, alternatively 60 credits
- The programme starts with a semester introducing students to the structures and functions of agroecosystems, methodology for describing, analysing and improving such systems, and individual and group-based learning. The didactic approach is experience-based learning supported by lectures, seminars and supervision related to project work on real-life cases. The instruction methods in later semesters depend on which courses are chosen.
- The evaluation of students` learning is treated as an integral part of the learning process. Evaluation emphasises the student`s` ability to develop action competence by linking theory and practice. In the first semester, this is evaluated on the basis of written group and individual assignments, the student`s` contribution to the class and oral exams. Evaluation in later semesters depends on the courses chosen.