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Agriculture Weihenstephan (Bachelor's)

Here at the Weihenstephan campus you will find the ideal conditions for completing a modern, future-oriented degree in agriculture. Our on-campus Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems has teamed up with the Institute of Agriculture and the Technical University of Munich to offer you an extraordinarily broad education in Agriculture, from the basics to the most modern practices, from conventional to organic.

Sustainable production in both field and barn, efficient and careful treatment of resources, including humans, through to optimised use of renewable energies, form the basis for high-quality raw materials and food. Our course focuses on agricultural operations and their integration into the regional value chain.

AT A GLANCE

Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)

Location

Weihenstephan

Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restriction

No

INFORMATION EVENTS

Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.

Agricultural studies near Munich: HSWT's Weihenstephan Campus

Here at the Weihenstephan campus you will find the ideal conditions for completing a modern, practical, future-oriented degree in agriculture.

At their location in Freising, our Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems has teamed up with the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft) and the Technical University of Munich to offer you an extraordinarily broad education in Agriculture, from the basics to the most modern practices, from conventional to organic.

Sustainable production in both field and barn, efficient and careful treatment of resources, including humans, through to optimised use of renewable energies, form the basis for high-quality raw materials and food. The Agriculture bachelor's degree programme in Weihenstephan focuses on agricultural operations and their integration into the regional value chain.

COURSE CONTENT

Choose between two specialisations

During the first three semesters, you study the fundamentals of natural sciences, production technology and economics. Then, you choose to specialise in either Agriculture or Organic Agriculture.

  • After completing the practical training semester, students specialising in Organic Agriculture study subject-specific modules which cover the spectrum of organic production.
  • Students studying Agriculture continue with their own modules after the practical training semester and select one of three areas of focus (Agroeconomics, Animal Production or Plant Production) in the final two semesters to deepen their understanding.

Both specialisation options continue to include joint modules to give students the opportunity to exchange knowledge with each other. All students master the essential specialist aspects of agriculture as a whole and therefore gain a scientific basis for assessing both management concepts.

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Students of Agriculture controlling plants

COURSE STRUCTURE

Course structure of the bachelor's in Agriculture at the Weihenstephan campus

The standard duration of study is seven semesters. The compulsory modules specified in the study regulations must be taken by all students. In addition, the choice of specialised and general academic elective modules give you the chance to explore more of your own interests. Optional subjects may also be taken.

The module overview for the Agriculture (Landwirtschaft) and Organic Agriculture (Ökologische Landwirtschaft) specialisations provides information about the content in the individual semesters.

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  • 1st semester

    1. Anatomie & Physiologie
    2. Physikalisch-technische Grundlagen
    3. Mathematik & Datenverarbeitung
    4. Biologie
    5. Agrarchemie
    6. Bodenkunde & Pflanzenernährung
  • 2nd semester

    1. Tierhaltung & Ethologie
    2. Landtechnik & Bauwesen
    3. Grundlagen des Pflanzenbaus
    4. Pflanzenschutz & Düngung
    5. Volkswirtschaftslehre & Agrarrecht
    6. General required elective module (AWPM) e. g. Berufs- & Arbeitspädagogik, Sprachen etc.
  • 3rd semester

    1. Tierernährung
    2. Verfahrenstechnik der Pflanzlichen Erzeugung
    3. Agrarökologisches Projekt
    4. Buchführung & Steuerlehre
    5. Landwirtschaftliche Betriebslehre
    6. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM) e. g. Steuerplanung, Tiergesundheit, Precision Farming etc.
  • 4th semester

    Practical semester: A semester spent in an agricultural training company bridges the gap between theory and practice

    Agriculture specialisation

    1. Agricultural internship (24 weeks)

    Organic Agriculture specialisation

    1. Agricultural internship on an ecological farm (24 weeks)
  • 5th semester

    Agriculture specialisation

    1. Tierzucht
    2. Marktfrüchte
    3. Verfahrenstechnik der Tierischen Erzeugung
    4. Investition & Taxation
    5. Produktionsökonomie
    6. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)
    7. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)

    Organic Agriculture specialisation

    1. Tierproduktionssysteme in ökolog. wirtsch. Betrieben
    2. Pflanzenproduktionssysteme in ökolog. wirtsch. Betrieben
    3. Verfahrenstechnik der Tierischen Erzeugung
    4. Investition & Taxation
    5. Produktionsökonomie
    6. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)
    7. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)
  • 6th semester

    Agriculture specialisation

    1. One of three subject-specific modules: Agrarökonomie, Tierische Erzeugung or Pflanzliche Erzeugung
    2. Nutztierfütterung
    3. Grünland & Futterbau, Beurteil. von Pflanzenbest.
    4. Untternehmensführung
    5. Statistik & Versuchswesen
    6. General required elective module (AWPM)
    7. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)

    Organic Agriculture specialisation

    1. Projekt zur Analyse, Organisation & Planung in Betrieben der ökologischen Landwirtschaft
    2. Betriebssysteme der ökologischen Landwirtschaft
    3. Unternehmensführung in ökolog. wirtsch. Betrieben
    4. Marketing für Produkte der ökolog. Ladnwirtschaft
    5. Statistik & Versuchswesen
    6. General required elective module (AWPM)
    7. Subject-specific required elective module (FWPM)
  • 7th semester

    Agriculture specialisation

    1. One of three subject-specific modules: Agrarökonomie, Tierische Erzeugung or Pflanzliche Erzeugung
    2. Berufsfeldphase (‘Vocational Fields Analysis’)
    3. Bachelor's thesis
    4. Marketinglehre & Agrarpolitik

    Organic Agriculture specialisation

    1. Projekt zur Analyse, Organisation & Planung in Betrieben der ökologischen Landwirtschaft
    2. Berufsfeldphase (‘Vocational Fields Analysis’)
    3. Bachelor's thesis
    4. Marketinglehre & Agrarpolitik
  • Required elective modules

    Examples for subject-specific required elective modules:

    1. Steuerplanung
    2. Bienenkunde
    3. Geflügelhaltung
    4. Schaf- & Ziegenhaltung
    5. Pferdezucht &- haltung
    6. Feldgemüse
    7. Forstwirtschaft
    8. Futtererntetechnik
    9. Klimawandel & Landwirtschaft
    10. Umweltrecht
    11. Social Media Marketing

    Examples for general required elective modules:

    1. Berufs- & Arbeitspädagogik
    2. Öffentlichkeitsarbeit im Agrarsektor
    3. Selbstmanagement
    4. Languages
  • 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 (Weihenstephan) degree programme modules

    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2018/19

    Module des Sprachenzentrums Weihenstephan Language Centre modules

    1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 98 (Bachelor)

    Obligatory elective modules for all Weihenstephan degree programmes

    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule

CAREER

Career prospects

There is more demand than ever before for Agriculture graduates from Weihenstephan-Triesdorf Univesity of Applied Sciences to fill management positions.

The professional field is wide ranging and includes not just agriculture but also its upstream and downstream sectors.

  • Agricultural practice: Independent management of an agricultural business as owner, leaseholder or administrator.

  • Public sector: Production technology and business consulting in the civil service; testing and breeding work for state institutes; administrator for authorities.

  • Business: Testing, sales and production consulting in seed cultivation and in the fertiliser, feedstuffs, plant protection and agricultural engineering industries; administrator for banks, insurance and accounting firms.

  • Agricultural organisations: Management roles in professional associations, cooperatives, land settlement societies, rural youth organisations and in self-help organisations, artificial insemination centres and breeding associations.

  • Other areas: Employment in development aid projects; journalistic work in the specialist press; teaching in schools of agricultural machinery and rural adult education centres; environmental protection and recycling.

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Pig producer Martin Wimmer remembers his Agriculture studies in Weihenstephan

"I hope all students look back on their time studying at Weihenstephan as fondly as I do. I always felt the department was like a big family. In such a beautiful place, it was dedicated to one of the best tasks on earth – producing sustainable and healthy food for the world."

Martin Wimmer, Pig Producer – Farmer of the Year 2015 (CeresAward)

Agricultural consultant Anna Doppler is an agriculture graduate from Weihenstephan

"I moved to Weihenstephan from Austria to explore the bigger picture and learn new perspectives. When I look back, I remember it as a wonderful yet challenging time. My degree shaped me for life and prepared me well for my current job."

Anna Doppler, Agricultural Consultant at Planungsbüro Minichshofer GmbH

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DUAL (WORK-STUDY) PROGRAMME

Dual (work-study) programme: Bachelor's degree and vocational training in Agriculture

With the work-study course in Agriculture, you can complete a Bachelor's degree and vocational training in agriculture over a period of four and a half years.

The aim of the work-study degree programme in Agriculture is to equip future management staff with comprehensive practical skills and theoretical knowledge to enable them to work for companies and institutions in agriculture or its up- and downstream sectors. This links theory and practice in a variety of ways.

Overview of the advantages of the work-study course:

  • A stronger link between theory and practice
  • Double qualification – Bachelor’s degree and vocational qualification
  • Vocational qualification is achieved by the end of the fourth semester
  • By completing both qualifications in 4.5 years, you save at least a year
  • Excellent career entry opportunities
  • Vocational teaching is especially tailored to you
  • Standard salary during vocational training with a company
  • The university treats you as an individual from day one

The course follows the study plan outlined above for the Agriculture degree programme, which leads to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) after seven semesters. The vocational training begins 15 months before the degree programme. It also requires two semester breaks and the practical training semester to complete the qualification.

Downloadable documents

Agricultural student passing by a tractor at the Weihenstephan campus

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ADMISSION

Requirements for studying Agriculture

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

The six-week pre-study internship at a recognised agricultural training company is currently suspended. Nevertheless, we recommend that prospective students who have no prior practical experience in agriculture complete a placement before starting their studies. Please contact us if you require assistance with this.

Information on the general admission requirements is available here.

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What makes Agriculture in Weihenstephan the right choice for you

  • In addition to the practical training semester in Germany or abroad, the 'Vocational Fields Analysis' (Berufsfeldphase) module allows you to experience work in a professional field – which can often lead to your first job.
  • Additional qualification options – such as instructor’s licences – provide you with an individual profile.
  • Our HSWT network offers a host of cooperations: e.g. with the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture, eco-farming associations and top companies in the agricultural and food industries.

CONTACT

Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

… then please contact the study advisors

Prof. Dr Josef Durst and Prof. Dr Dr. Eva Zeiler: beratung.lw@hswt.de

… or the degree programme assistant

Johanna Graf, johanna.graf [at]hswt.de

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Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Nachhaltige Agrar- und Energiesysteme
Am Staudengarten 1
85354 Freising

T +49 8161-71-6402
F +49 8161-71-4496
ae[at]hswt.de

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