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Why Study Agricultural Economics at Universit Hohenheim


									Teaching Staff                                             Faculty of
                                                           Agricultural Sciences                         UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM

Most modules are organised and taught by profes-           Detailed information on the M.Sc. Programme
sors of the University of Hohenheim, who have broad        Agricultural Economics is available at:
experience in international research. Students also
benefit from Hohenheim’s active links with academic
partners worldwide. Guest speakers from partner
universities as well as research, development and          Contact:
policy institutions cover additional topics, and thus      Programme Coordinator
                                                                                                         Master Programme
enrich the curriculum with special fields of expertise.    Agricultural Economics                        M.Sc.
                                                           University of Hohenheim (790)
                                                           70593 Stuttgart, Germany
Professors in Charge of Compulsory Modules:
                                                           Phone +49 711 459-23305
              Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim                         Fax     +49 711 459-23315
              International Agricultural Trade and
              Food Security and responsible for
              the M.Sc. Programme Agricultural Economics
                                                           Applications are only possible for the
                                                           Winter Semester
                                                           TOEFL-Code of Hohenheim: 8436
              Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Zeddies
              Analysis, Planning and Organisation          Application Deadline:
              of Agricultural Production
                                                           - 15 March for Non-EU citizens
                                                           - 15 July for EU citizens

              Prof. Dr. Tilman Becker                      University of Hohenheim
              Agricultural Policy and Markets
                                                           Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
                                                           70593 Stuttgart, Germany

              Prof. Dr. Stephan Dabbert
              Production Theory and Resource Economics

                                                                                                         Agricultural Economics
                                                                                                         Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Why Study Agricultural                                      Programme Design Supports                                 Comprehensive Choice of
Economics at Hohenheim?                                     Individual Profile                                        Elective Modules
                           As humanity’s single largest     The two-year M.Sc. programme comprises four               Participants have to complete 10 elective modules. A
                           use of the earth’s resour-       semesters, during which 15 thematic modules and           minimum of four has to be chosen from the following list:
                           ces, agriculture is a major      the Master Thesis have to be completed. Admission
                           driving force in the world       for the programme is each winter semester in October.     •   Advanced Policy Analysis Modelling
                                                                                                                      •   Advanced Resource Management
                           economy. Food and agri-          The language of instruction is English.                   •   Agricultural Economics Seminar
                           cultural raw materials are                                                                 •   Farming Systems Research
                           being produced, financed,        The programme emphasises a firm foundation in eco-        •   Food and Gender
                           traded, processed, regula-       nomic analysis and quantitative methods to address        •   International Food and Agricultural Trade
                           ted, researched, marketed        real-world problems. Classroom work is supplemen-         •   Knowledge and Innovation Management
                           and consumed. Agricultural       ted by computer exercises, discussion sessions,           •   Poverty and Development Strategies
Economics examines the use of available resources           research seminars and case studies. Apart from five       •   Project Evaluation Methods
from farm to fork to meet the needs and desires of          compulsory modules, students have a broad choice
present and future generations. Sustainability, food        of elective modules. This ensures a solid agricultural    The other six elective modules can be chosen from
security, food safety, environmental quality, agricul-      economics education but also allows students to get       the complete catalogue of the University’s agricultural
tural policy reform and rural community development         trained according to their own career aspirations.        master courses, including more than 80 disciplinary
are typical issues that agricultural economists study                                                                 and interdisciplinary subjects.
in an international context. The M.Sc. programme is         A personal mentor from the teaching staff is assigned,
designed to prepare qualified people of all nationalities   to advise on appropriate profiles and support smooth
for these and other challenging tasks. In Germany, it is    and goal-oriented progress. Students are encouraged       Admission Requirements,
presently one of very few agricultural economics pro-       to spend one semester in the second year at a partner     Fees and Expenses
grammes being taught in the English language.               university abroad, to gain additional experience and
                                                            further strengthen their individual profile. Assessment   Students require an above-average B.Sc. or equiva-
Well-trained agricultural economists are experiencing       is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS),   lent degree in Agriculture or a related discipline (e.g.
an expanding range of career options, as the industry       which facilitates such kind of international mobility.    Economics, Business Administration) following at
becomes more diverse, global and high tech in nature.                                                                 least three years of studies at a university or technical
At Hohenheim, students acquire both the analytical                                                                    college (Fachhochschule). Basic understanding of
                                                            Structure and Course Schedule
skills and policy background required for strategic                                                                   micro- and macroeconomics, a solid background in
positions in government agencies, NGOs, internatio-          Sem.     Modules                                         mathematics and statistics and computer literacy are
nal organizations and the private sector. The program-                                                                assumed. Applicants must provide proof of a working
me also provides excellent qualification to commence                  5 Compulsory Modules                            knowledge of the English language. Furthermore,
doctoral research and pursue an academic career.               1        •   Agricultural and Food Policy              selection is based upon grades, professional experi-
                                                                        •   Applied Econometrics
                                                                                                                      ence, motivation and other relevant activities.
                                                               +        •   Environmental and Resource Economics
The University of Hohenheim is one of Europe’s lea-                     •   Farm Level Modelling
ding universities in the field of agricultural sciences        2        •   Microeconomics of the Food Chain          The University of Hohenheim currently charges a small
and economics. Its Master’s degrees fulfil top stan-                  5 Elective Modules                              tuition fee and an administration fee for all registered
dards, and graduates are highly competitive on the                                                                    students, which together amount to about EUR 600 per
international job market.                                      3      5 Elective Modules                              semester. Furthermore, students are required to cover
                                                                                                                      their own living expenses. The cost of living in Germany
                                                               4      Master Thesis                                   is estimated at a minimum of EUR 600 per month.

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