|Technische Universität München||4 Semesters|
|Master of Science (MSc)||Onsite|
How can we secure the world’s food supply? How can we preserve natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change?
By studying Agricultural Biosciences at the TUM School of Life Sciences, you will become an expert with a set of skills needed to address these and other important challenges of our time. The MSc Agricultural Biosciences programme offers courses in biological disciplines relevant for crop and livestock production. It integrates molecular, biochemical, physiological, genetic and genomic knowledge as well as quantitative and computational approaches in a unique, interdisciplinary agricultural programme.
Are you interested in enhancing your knowledge and skills for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science?
Agricultural biosciences offer solutions to major societal challenges. They can make significant contributions to securing food supplies, preserving natural resources, and mitigating the effects of climate change.
The Agricultural Biosciences international study programme focuses on basic biological research for an efficient and environmentally-friendly agricultural production of crop and livestock species. It aims to understand crop and livestock species from the level of cells up to the whole organism and populations.
In contrast to other Master’s programmes that have a specialised view on basic research and distinguish between plant and animal science, we at TUM believe that a generic approach is more timely, as many biological mechanisms are shared between plants and animals. A strong focus on molecular and computational methods reflects the TUM strategy to value innovation as the basis for knowledge.
The MSc Agricultural Biosciences programme deals with different organisms, namely plants, animals and microbes. The programme takes advantage of the synergistic effects created by integrated studies on plant and animal species teaching generic as well as specific biological concepts, methods and tools. It reflects the high level of innovation in agricultural biosciences and prepares graduates for a multi-path career, allowing for flexibility and migration in the job market.
As a graduate, you will…
- have a profound understanding of the scientific basis of biological processes relevant for agricultural production.
- be able to perform research in the field of Agricultural Biosciences and link your knowledge and results to other disciplines
- be aware of societal challenges and demands in the context of Agricultural Biosciences and possess the social skills to communicate across disciplines and cultures
- have developed your own competencies for navigating in a changing environment and managing complex projects
Upon graduating, you will be able to find employment in the national or international job market, e.g., at universities, at research institutes, in the public sector or in biotech, breeding and life science companies.
Furthermore, more and more young scientists with expertise in agricultural biosciences are finding employment in smaller companies and start-ups in areas such as biotechnology and machine intelligence.
During the first and second semesters, five compulsory modules (Physiology, Plant and Animal Cell Biology, Immunology: Crop and Livestock Health and Disease, Genetics and Genomics as well as Statistical Computing and Data Analysis) have to be completed. After passing these core courses, students possess solid knowledge in basic biological concepts relevant for agricultural production.
Elective modules are very important in the study programme. You can choose from a list of different lab courses that cover either molecular or computational techniques. In addition, the programme offers research tool modules that allow for independent study and enable students to perform research in the field of Agricultural Biosciences.
By virtue of the mobility window in the third semester, students are encouraged to gain international study experience through exchange programmes such as Erasmus+ or TUMexchange. If approved by the Examination Board, you will be able to take up a research internship outside TUM, e.g., with a qualified industry partner or an external research organisation.
The fourth semester is devoted to preparing the Master’s thesis, which concludes the study programme. In their theses, students identify and address a research question in the Agricultural Biosciences by choosing and implementing appropriate molecular, experimental or data methods. The thesis will serve to raise your professional profile.
For more information, you can also watch our video: “Agricultural Biosciences – What makes this international Master’s programme so unique?”
Admittance to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor of Science degree of at least six semesters awarded by a German or foreign university, or at least an equivalent degree in the field of life sciences with a focus on plant and/or animal sciences. In particular, this degree should be from a study programme in Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences, Life Sciences Biology or Molecular Biotechnology, or it should be from a comparable study programme.
Free of Cost
Agri, Forestry & Fisheries
Applicants must provide proof of their English skills before the end of the application period.
Presumed English language proficiency: TOEFL with at least 88 points or IELTS with at least 6.5 points
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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 41,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economics and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society, in that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006, 2012 and 2019, it won recognition as a German “Excellence University”. In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.
Application period: From 1 January to 31 May (for the following winter semester)