Urban agriculture

Urban agriculture

Master of science (2 year) 2 year fulltime

Urban farming makes cities greener

Urban farming makes cities greener

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How do we get greener and more sustainable cities? Which social, technological and economical aspects are connected with urban food production? How may urban farming become more than plants grown in the city? Join us.....

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

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Phone:  67 23 01 11

....for the first Master's degree in urban farming in Scandinavia. Urban farming is complex, and this education will make you capable at working with these complex and "wicked" problems, both within the public and private sector. Urban farming and sircular economy combine many fields, eg:

- green and living cities
- social integration
- public health
- spatial planning
- food production and organic farming
- the use of plants for both food and decoration
- husbandry in the city
- water and sanitation
- pollution
- sustainable environment and ecology
- the spread of pathogens (diseases)
- economy, business and entrepreneurs

The focus of urban agriculture is sustainable and green development of urban areas, circular economy (reuse of resources) and the ability to see the big picture in complex projects, where many different areas and professionals are involved. A succesfull cooperation between people within different areas of expertise, are getting more and more important, and this Master's degree will train you in communication, problem solving and cooperation. Students are expected to be an active part of a group, contributing with their background knowledge to support the learning of all participants, and solving complex "wicked" problems relevant to urban farming. Learning the techniqes to achive a positive, rewarding interaction between all participants in a project will be an impotant part of this degree.

The education involves, and combines, different scientific areas, which gives you a good range in your knowledge and experience. As a student you also get the opportunity to focus on your specific interests with your choice of elective courses. The Master's degree is a cooperation between the University, the community, the public and the private sector, and will bring the students opportunities for closer cooperation with relevant connections.

Job opportunities

This Master's degree give the students training as problem solvers and knowledge within a huge range of different scientific areas, which make them relevant within all businesses related to the utilization of circular ressourses, spatial planning and urban farming. The students field of knowledge from their Bachelor's degree, and their choosen spesialization from their Master's degree, will be of importance for where they might find themselves in their future employment. Both positions as leaders and advisors/consultant within private and public sector are possible, both Nationally and Internationally. The Master's degree may also provide a good foundation for future entrepreneurs.

Students may also be qualified for Ph.D's within relevant fields after their graduation.


Illustration of linear and circular economy
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Illustration of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Shutterstock - Deni Nandar Sukanwar



Learning outcomes

The Master's degree in Urban Agriculture are based on a student active learning philosophy. In this study program you will meet interdisciplinary group work, interactive learning, student presentation/seminars, written reports and learning through reflection. The private and public sector will contribute with relevant, complex "wicked" problems that the student will work on in interdisciplinary groups. Lectures will be offered on relevant topics for each project. You, as a student, will be an important contributer to the learning and positive cooperation both within the study program and the student groups.

New, compulary courses within Urban Agriculture will be of about 30 credits (ETCS). Student's will also be expected to write a Master's Thesis of 30 or 60 credits (ETCS). The rest of the study program will consist of mostly elective courses. Some possibilities are:

- THT282 - Introduction to Sustainable Water and Sanitation
- THT384 - Design of Decentralized and Water and Sanitary Systems - Natural and Recycling Systems - Stormwater Treatment
- EDS355 - Climate Change and Development
- SDG300 - Sustainable development goals in plant and animal food systems
- PJHXXX - Urban Agriculture - Student Gardens (under development)
- PJH250 - Plant production in controlled environment
- PJH340 - Quality in Food Plants

- All courses offered at NMBU you may find here.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements is a Bachelor's degree (180 ETCS). To get proper, interdiciplinary student groups, students with backgrounds from different fields of study will be combined in a class. Many fields of study might be interesting, som examples may be: Plant Sciences, Nature Sciences, Area Planning, Technology, Economy, Social Sciences (etc.). A background from all studyprograms at Bachelor's level at NMBU, or equialent, is relevant.

A motivation letter is mandatory for the admission process, and must follow your application.

All relevant candidates will go through a minor intervju before admission.

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. NMBUs language requirements apply.

"Urban Agriculture is future oriented, with an unik oportunity to make cities greener and more sustainable. With an inovative mindset, you may create green, social arenas that makes the fundation for positive experiences to all"

Mathias Nevland, student at the Master's program in Urban Agriculture