Agricultural Economics (AgEcon)

The four-semester M.Sc. programme emphasises a firm foundation in economic analysis and quantitative methods to address real-world policy issues related to agriculture, food and the environment. Globalisation, sustainability, poverty, food security, food safety, agricultural policy reform and rural development are typical issues that are being analysed using innovative methodologies.

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DURATION:
24 months

Universität Hohenheim

Location The University of Hohenheim is located about 15 km outside of Stuttgart in south-western Germany. It was founded in 1818 as an institution for agricultural teaching and research with the aim of com- bating hunger. Today the university has three faculties and around 10,000 students; 20 per cent of whom are international coming from more than 90 different countries. The focal point of the campus is the beautiful Hohenheim Castle surrounded by a spacious park and botanical garden. The University of Hohenheim is one of Europe’s leading universities in the fields of agricultural sciences and economics.
Course focus The four-semester M.Sc. programme emphasises a firm foundation in economic analysis and quantitative methods to address real-world policy issues related to agriculture, food and the environment. Globalisation, sustainability, poverty, food security, food safety, agricultural policy reform and rural development are typical issues that are being analysed using innovative methodologies.

A course semester consists of five thematic modules, each ending with a written or oral exam. In addition to compulsory modules, there is a wide choice of electives. Classroom work is supplemented with computer exercises, discussion sessions, research seminars and case studies. Modules are organised and taught by Hohenheim professors who have broad experience in international research. Students also benefit from Hohenheim’s active links with academic partners world- wide. Guest speakers from partner universities as well as research, development and policy institutions cover additional topics and thus enrich the curriculum with special fields of expertise.

After three course semesters, the last six months are reserved for the M.Sc. thesis, which often involves primary data collection abroad. The thesis can pursue empirical or theoretical questions related to ongoing research projects, but students’ own initiatives and ideas are also welcome.

Target group Outstanding students and professionals interested in international issues and pursuing a career in policy analysis related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.
Course language English
Entry requirements
  • An above-average B.Sc. degree in agricultural sciences, economics or a related discipline following at least three years of university studies.
  • Basic understanding of micro and macroeconomics, a solid back- ground in mathematics, statistics and computer literacy.
  • Good knowledge of the English language (If English is not the native language, a TOEFL score of no less than 550 points/paper based (213 points/computer based) or IELTS no less than Band 6.0.).
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (for DAAD scholarship applicants).
  • Graduation from university should be recent, not more than six years ago (for DAAD scholarship applicants).
Degree Awarded Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences, Major in Agricultural Economics
Course Begins October of each year (German language course starts in August)
Course Duration 24 months
Course Structure Agecon_Structure
Modulhandbuch_Agricultural Economics
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 2 months (for students awarded a DAAD-scholarship)
Remarks In addition to the official DAAD application form, candidates are required to fill out the online application which is available at www.uni-hohenheim.de/agecon
Centre for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics
Katrin Winkler (Coordinator)
Garbenstrasse 13
D-70593 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)711 / 459-23305