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Agriculture (Triesdorf) (Bachelor's)

The Agriculture degree programme provides training in the latest methods for sustainably producing agricultural raw materials and food, managing agricultural enterprises and agribusinesses and providing rural services. The course goes beyond looking at individual farms to examine environmental, social and ethical aspects, and its contents are indicative of our preoccupation with ensuring sustainable agricultural production.

AT A GLANCE

Academic qualification

Bachelor

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)

Location

Triesdorf

Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restriction

No

COURSE CONTENT

Content of the Agriculture course in Triesdorf

Students study processes at the start of the food supply chain, focusing primarily on the production and quality assurance of food and the raw materials needed to produce it. After you have been taught an in-depth range of skills in the fields of production technology and agricultural economics and have gained comprehensive practical experience, you can choose your specialisation:

1. 'Agriculture' specialisation

The 'Agriculture' specialisation allows you to select one of four areas of focus to help you start building your own profile:

  • Crop production
  • Animal production
  • Agricultural economics
  • Agribusiness Marketing and Management

2. 'Organic Agriculture' specialisation

Those who do choose to take up the specialisation in 'Organic Agriculture' will gain a comprehensive range of skills in all essential aspects of production technology, economics and law, from soil, plants and livestock to the European legal framework and the economic, ecological and social evaluation of processes.

During the final semesters of the degree programme, students can choose from a wide range of compulsory elective modules to create their own unique profile.

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Bachelor's students at a field in Triesdorf

COURSE CONTENT

Course of the Agriculture programme in Triesdorf

The course balances both theory and practical elements. In addition to specialist knowledge, integrated courses also allow students to develop social and methodical skills to aid their personal development. Particular value is placed on team work in interdisciplinary classes and projects. After the second semester you choose between the Agriculture (Landwirtschaft) and Organic Agriculture (Ökologische Landwirtschaft) specialisation.

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  • Preparatory PDF documents

    The following PDF documents (in German) will help prepare you for your classes in the first academic year. They summarise the content covered in the relevant subjects at school, providing a good basis for your further studies.

    To open the documents, please use the following passwords:

    Biologie I and Biologie II (identical password): axz/3:Ba

    Chemie: pql_2/As

    Physik: F=m.a:$IN

  • 1st semester

    1. Anatomie & Physiologie landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere
    2. Physikalisch-technische Grundlagen
    3. Statistik
    4. Einführung in die Ökonomik & das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten
    5. Chemie
    6. Required elective module
      • 2nd semester

        1. Bodenkunde & Pflanzenernährung
        2. Pflanzenbau
        3. Buchführung
        4. Grundlagen der Agrartechnik
        5. Biologie & Agrarökologie
        6. Required elective module
        1. 3rd semester

          Agriculture specialisation

          1. Bodenkultur & Düngung

          Organic Agriculture specialisation

          1. Bodenkultur & Nährstoffmanagement

          Modules for both specialisations

          1. Tierernährung
          2. Produktionsökonomie
          3. Tierhaltung & Tierzucht
          4. Technik der Außenwirtschaft
          5. Required elective module
        2. 4th semester

          Agriculture specialisation

          1. Spezielle Tierische Erzeugung
          2. Phytopathologie & Pflanzenschutz

          Organic Agriculture specialisation

          1. Tierhaltungsverfahren in der Ökologischen Landwirtschaft
          2. Regulation von Unkräutern & Pathogenen im Pflanzenbau

          Modules for both specialisations

          1. Unternehmensplanung & Investitionsrechnung
          2. Marktlehre & Marktanalyse
          3. Verfahren & Ökonomie der pflanzlichen / tierischen Erzeugung
          4. Required elective modules
        3. 5th semester

          1. Practical training semester including accompanying courses
        4. 6th semester

          Agriculture specialisation

          1. Area of focus: Agrarökonomie, Pflanzliche Erzeugung, Tierische Erzeugung, Marketing und Management
          2. Nachhaltige Verfahrenstechnik Tier oder Pflanze oder Diversifizierung

            Organic Agriculture specialisation

            1. Anbau- und Tierhaltungssysteme in der Ökologischen Landwirtschaft I
            2. Anbausysteme für Spezialkulturen, Qualitätsproduktion tier. Erzeugnisse oder Diversifizierung

              Modules for both specialisations

              1. Unternehmensorganisation
              2. Agrar- & Umweltpolitik
              3. Required elective modules
            1. 7th semester

              Agriculture specialisation

              1. Area of focus: Agrarökonomie, Pflanzliche Erzeugung, Tierische Erzeugung, Marketing und Management

              Organic Agriculture specialisation

              1. Anbau- und Tierhaltungssysteme in der Ökologische Landwirtschaft II

              Modules for both specialisations

              1. Bewertung & Agrarrecht
              2. Bachelor's thesis
              3. Required elective module
                • Required elective modules

                  Agriculture specialisation (selection)

                  1. Waldwirtschaft
                  2. Innenwirtschaft
                  3. Tiergesundheit
                  4. Projektmanagement
                  5. Kommunikation & Präsentation
                  6. Agrarmarketing
                  7. Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
                  8. Recht
                  9. Steuer
                  10. Grünland / Futterbau
                  11. Nutzpflanzenkunde
                  12. Obstbau
                  13. Futtertechnik
                  14. Aquakultur
                  15. Erneuerbare Energien
                  16. Biotechnologie
                  17. Klima, Wetter und Landwirtschaft
                  18. English for Agribusiness und andere Fremdsprachen

                    Organic agriculture specialisation (selection)

                    1. Innenwirtschaft
                    2. Tiergesundheit
                    3. Gemüsebau
                    4. (Streu-)Obstanbau
                    5. Betriebsorganisation
                    6. (Handels-)Marketing
                  1. Module handbooks

                    A detailed description of the content of the modules is provided in the module handbooks. The module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester.

                    Agriculture (Triesdorf) degree programme modules

                    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2019/20

                    Triesdorf Language Centre modules

                    1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum

                    Obligatory elective modules for all Triesdorf degree programmes

                    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
                  Agriculture students welcoming each other at the Triesdorf campus

                  CAREER

                  Career prospects for Agriculture graduates

                  The bachelor’s degree programme provides you with an application-based, academic and vocational qualification that will enable you to take on particularly challenging specialist and management tasks. Depending on your individual profile, the course at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences will help you to perform the following tasks:

                  • company management in agriculture, the agricultural industry or the rural services sector
                  • agricultural self-regulating organisations: producer & machinery rings, cooperatives
                  • product development & consulting in the agricultural industry
                  • agricultural commerce & marketing
                  • agricultural, environmental & regional consulting in state-run & private institutions and associations
                  • research & development, testing.
                  Barbara Stangl works as degree programme assistant for Organic Agriculture in Triesdorf

                  "My Bachelor’s degree at the Triesdorf campus and the knowledge that I gained by working at various agricultural businesses prepared me well for practical work and working at practice-oriented educational institutions. Today I can make use of these diverse experiences as I support students on the Ecological Agriculture course. A vocational Master’s degree at HSWT gave me the chance to gain further qualifications. In my eyes, that was the perfect way to supplement my academic education and provided me with further development prospects."

                  MSc Barbara Stangl, degree programme assistant for Organic Agriculture and assistant to the Chair of the Department of Agriculture

                  Agriculture graduate Margarete Lösl, co-founder of a community-supported agriculture project

                  "My studies in Triesdorf enabled me to deepen my passion for agriculture, nature and the environment. The most important thing for me was developing new ideas for and alongside agriculture. As project coordinator of a biotope network I have to look after the interests of the land managers as well as the demands of nature conservation. I’d already been toying with the concept of community-supported agriculture for a long time, partly because I was able to collect ideas during my studies. The idea of coming alongside consumers to grow vegetables together motivated us to establish a small but steadily growing community-supported agriculture project (in German 'SoLaWi', from 'Solidarische Landwirtschaft') with its own fields and greenhouses."

                  Margarete Lösl, employee at the Landscape Management Association of Amberg-Sulzbach and co-founder of a community-supported agriculture project

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                  REQUIREMENTS

                  Admission requirements for the Agriculture course

                  There are no admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus).

                  The pre-study internship is not currently required. Nevertheless, we recommend that prospective students who have no prior practical experience in agriculture complete a six-week placement with an agricultural business before starting their studies.

                  Information on the general admission requirements is available here.

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                  DUAL (WORK-STUDY) COURSE

                  Dual (work-study) course in Agriculture

                  The Agriculture bachelor's degree programme (Triesdorf) can also be taken as a work-study course. As part of combined study, you can gain the academic qualification 'Bachelor of Science' and the vocational qualification of an expert in agriculture over a period of four and a half years.

                  Overview of the advantages of the work-study course:

                  • double qualification: bachelor's degree & professional qualification

                  • saves time: both qualifications in 4.5 years

                  • comprehensive theoretical & practical knowledge

                  • very good career entry opportunities

                  • specially designed vocational school sessions

                  • standard remuneration during vocational training with a company

                  • individual support from the university

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                  • Training elements

                    1. Training with a company: Centre of Practical Training
                    2. Industry-wide training: specialist supplement to practical training
                    3. Vocational school (Berufsschule): theoretical training content and preparation for exams
                    4. University: Centre of Theoretical Training

                    The individual training elements correspond appropriately to one another in terms of content and timing so that excellent progress is ensured despite the shorter training period.

                  • Target group

                    The work-study degree programme in Agriculture trains students to become experts with extensive practical skills alongside cutting-edge theoretical knowledge. This will qualify them to take up leading responsible positions with service companies in the agricultural and land sector.

                    The work-study course is therefore intended for particularly motivated and target-orientated students.

                  • Time schedule

                    Differing from the standard bachelor's programme, the work-study course starts with a 15-month practical training element. Practical training starts on 1 July. Participants then enrol at the University in October of the following year. The rest of the practical training elements are carried out in blocks during semester breaks and as part of the practical semester.

                  • Training companies

                    All recognised agricultural training companies ('anerkannte Ausbildungsbetriebe') in Germany are available for consideration for the practical placements for students on the work-study course. Recognition as a training company is the only decisive factor for cooperation with the university. However, if practical training is to take place outside Bavaria, different state requirements will usually have to be taken into account. Please contact us as early as possible if this is the case!

                    The website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry has a database of training companies for careers in agriculture. You can filter these training companies by subject focus and regional origin.

                    https://www.stmelf.bayern.de/abd/

                  • Industry-wide training (Überbetriebliche Ausbildung)

                    As with the standard agriculture courses, students following the work-study course complete the following industry-wide training courses:

                    1. Landtechnik I (Agricultural Engineering I): Schlepper und Gerät (Tractors and Equipment)
                    1. Landtechnik II (Agricultural Engineering II): Schweißen (Welding; required elective module at the university)
                    1. Landtechnik III (Agricultural Engineering III): Maschinen der Außen- und Innenwirtschaft (International and National Machines)
                    1. Grundlehrgang Tierhaltung (Foundation Course in Animal Keeping)
                    1. Schwerpunktlehrgang I (Expert Course I): Rind oder Schwein (cows or pigs)
                    1. Schwerpunktlehrgang II (Expert Course II): Rind oder Schwein (cows or pigs)

                    If you have obtained a specialist subject-restricted university entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife) from the Fachoberschule in Triesdorf (specialising in Agriculture), you are considered to have already passed the Agricultural Engineering I course and foundation course in animal keeping. Instead of the two courses, students following the work-study course carry out additional practical sessions.

                    You will receive a written invitation with the most important information about the courses. For more information about the educational institutions, see the following links.

                    1. Landwirtschaftliche Lehranstalten Triesdorf
                    1. Lehr-, Versuchs- und Fachzentren LfL
                  • Documents for download

                    Kooperationsvereinbarung (cooperation agreement)

                    Berufsausbildungsvertrag (vocational working contract)

                    Hinweise zum Ausbildungsvertrag 2022 (notes on the 2022 vocational working contract)

                    Hinweise zum Ausbildungsvertrag 2021 (notes on the 2021 vocational working contract)

                    Informationsbroschüre für Ausbildungsbetriebe (information brochure for training companies)

                    Zeitplan Ausbildungsstart 2022 (schedule beginning of training 2022)

                    Zeitplan Ausbildungsstart 2021 (schedule beginning of training 2021)

                    Zeitplan Ausbildungsstart 2020 (schedule beginning of training 2020)

                  Agriculture students gain insight into simple engine technology

                  Why we are the right choice for you

                  • Practical, comprehensive, current

                  • Situated in a unique educational centre, the Triesdorf campus offers a degree not just in agriculture, but within it: current agricultural technology, the latest animal husbandry and plant cultivation testing grounds are just a few minutes’ walk away from the lecture theatres and shed light on a wide variety of agricultural systems of the future.

                  • The degree programme is also offered as a work-study combined course. This ends with a double qualification: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with vocational training in agriculture.

                  CONTACT

                  Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

                  … then please let us know

                  how we can help: beratung.lt@hswt.de

                  … please contact us

                  Prof. Dr. Bernhard Göbel, subject advisor, bernhard.goebel [at]hswt.de

                  Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Pflanz, Organic Agriculture professor, wilhelm.pflanz [at]hswt.de

                  Barbara Stangl, degree programme assistant (Organic Agriculture specialisation), barbara.stangl [at]hswt.de

                  Susann Köhler, degree programme assistant for the dual (work-study) course, susann.koehler [at]hswt.de

                  Klara-Marie Haas, student in the the dual (work-study) course, klara-marie.haas [at]student.hswt.de

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                  Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
                  Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
                  Markgrafenstraße 16
                  91746 Weidenbach

                  T +49 9826 654-131
                  F +49 9826 654-4131
                  lt[at]hswt.de

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