According to FAO, sustainable agriculture is an integrated system that aims to nurture healthy ecosystems and support the sustainable management of land, water and natural resources, while ensuring world food security.
The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context of the topics covered is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level. The graduate in Sustainable agriculture must work to achieve food security objectives associated with improving the quality and wholesomeness of food products. The graduate must know the issues related to biodiversity, global change and ecosystem services, which are analyzed according to a systemic and adaptive approach, considering also the traceability of processes.
To address the global challenges, students are equipped with a wide learning platform, and are able to make comparisons between different production systems at the international level in terms of environmental, socio-economics, and regulatory environments. With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability and food security, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA) and partecipate at the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees for the double degree in PLANT HEALTH IN SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS, Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 1.
The training course in Sustainable Agriculture, lasting two years, includes two main areas of study:
1) Production: training in the areas of agronomy, crop and animal productions, soil science, plant breeding, and integrated management of pests and diseases, all aimed at the sustainability of the production process and its social implications;
2) Technology: training in the areas of management and protection of air-soil-water, use of biomass of agricultural plants and animals, land management, and management of the production process (at different geographic scales) considering both innovative technologies and socio-economic aspects.
Learning is based on active studies covering activities in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field as well as the possibility of using the contribution of Italian and foreign teachers, and industry experts that can provide specific case studies. The program offers intensive individual tutoring of students, as well as the opportunity to intern for six months, in companies in the public and private sectors, possibly abroad, for the study of cases of excellence in preparation of the thesis.
Applicants are expected to meet specific curricular requirements and have specific skills and abilities in:
English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - o corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required. If the candidate is an English mother tongue speaker or has attended their upper secondary school or a degree course in English, no language certification is necessary. Admission to the second-cycle degree course depends on preliminary assessment by the Teaching Commission of the candidate’s reasons, knowledge and competences by means of an interview which may be conducted over the internet. In its assessment the Commission will take into account competences developed in the aforementioned disciplinary areas.
The University of Padova and the ESU offer a range of financial support and services at special rates, which are made available to bright, hardworking students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The University of Padova offers full tuition fee-waivers to students enrolling in one of its degree courses completely held in English. Fee-waivers are offered for 1 academic year.
FIRST INSTALLMENT (for first year applicants) : 568 euro
SECOND + THIRD INSTALLMENTS (the installment depends on the ISEE) : 0- 1895 euro