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Agriculture degree programme (Weihenstephan, bachelor’s)

A bachelor’s degree programme in Agriculture has been offered in Weihenstephan since the 2008/2009 winter semester. The course aims to provide a practice-orientated higher education qualification. Students develop practical and theoretical skills on an academic basis. This allows them to take on responsibilities and work independently in the wide-ranging agricultural sector. The focus on application and constant updates also make the Agriculture course perfect for qualified managers of agricultural businesses. The course offers practice-based studies with content covering the natural sciences, production technology and economics. A variety of teaching methods, particularly the seminar format, encourage students to participate and get them thinking.

Module overview | Agriculture specialisation
(Modulübersicht | Studienrichtung Landwirtschaft)

After completing this comprehensive and practical course, graduates will be able to take on a range of professional roles.

New! Since the 15/16 winter semester

Introduction to the Organic Agriculture (Ökologische Landwirtschaft) specialisation

The Organic Agriculture specialisation has been carefully integrated into the existing degree programme and is distinguished by six subject-specific modules and a different practical semester.

All agriculture students study the same fundamentals of natural sciences, production technology and economics during the first three semesters of their degree. They then choose which specialisation to follow before the start of the fourth semester. This allows students who choose the Organic Agriculture specialisation to invariably spend their practical semester at a recognised training company that produces agricultural products according to the relevant provisions of the EC Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. From the fifth semester, students study modules focusing specifically on matters relevant to organic farms. Concentrating on plant and livestock production, marketing and economics, these modules provide the students with a sufficiently broad and in-depth education.

In addition, from the fifth semester students of both specialisations study cross-discipline modules, giving them the opportunity to exchange knowledge with each other, gain the same fundamental range of knowledge and master the essential specialist aspects of general agriculture. This enables them to make a well-founded assessment of both types of husbandry from an academic point of view.

Module overview | Organic Agriculture specialisation
(Modulübersicht | Studienrichtung Ökologische Landwirtschaft)

The addition to the Agriculture degree programme of in-depth modules in the field of organic agriculture complements the existing course content and is a logical development that gives students the opportunity to specialise in an increasingly evolving field of work.

Course structure and content of the Agriculture degree programme

The standard duration of study is seven semesters. The compulsory modules specified in the study regulations must be taken by all students. In addition, specialised and general academic elective modules must be chosen according to the students’ areas of interest. Optional subjects may also be taken.

  • 1st-3rd semester (fundamental aspects): Acquisition of basic knowledge –Natural Sciences, Economics, Agriculture 

Choice of specialisation between Agriculture or Organic Agriculture

  •  4th semester (work placement semester): a semester spent in an agricultural training company bridges the gap between theory and practice
  • 5th-7th semester (in-depth study): An advanced study of subjects in the fields of production technology and economics, supplemented with applied exercises, seminars and project work. A choice of area of studies (Agriculture specialisation) according to students’ personal interests from the fields of plants, animals or economics. Vocational field analysis (acquisition of methodical skills and key qualifications) and bachelor's thesis.

Academic qualification: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Potential fields of work

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

  • Public service
    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.

A survey of graduates showed:

Private consulting, commerce and processing companies are the dominant fields of work. Many of our graduates also take on roles within state agricultural administration and consulting.

Many of those surveyed work in other service sectors such as professional associations, organisations and accounting companies.

Around one fifth of graduates work in practical agriculture.

Successful completion of the course can form the basis for a range of master’s degrees in a number of countries.

Study at the Weihenstephan campus

The study location of Freising Weihenstephan offers unique advantages:

  • Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences cooperates with Technische Universität München (TUM), the Bavarian Institute of Agriculture and with other facilities of the "green centre".

  • Weihenstephan is a modern teaching and research location with a strong tradition.

  • Freising offers varied leisure distractions and an attractive student life to the over 7,000 students who study on the Weihenstephan Campus.

  • Situated just outside Munich, Weihenstephan has direct S-Bahn rail link to one of Germany‘s leading cultural centres.

Students following the Agriculture degree programme at Weihenstephan have the opportunity to study on the largest green campus in Germany. A profile of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences can be viewed here (in German).

Department

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

T +49 8161-71-6402
F +49 8161-71-4496
ae@hswt.de

Examination regulations

Module overview winter semester 2018/19 - Agriculture specialisation (Studienrichtung Landwirtschaft)

Module overview winter semester 2018/19 - Organic Agriculture Specialisation (Studienrichtung Ökologische Landwirtschaft)

What do our graduates do?

Graduate profiles (link to the German web page)