Agriculture, Ecology and Societies (Master)

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Agriculture is where the most important interactions between humans and planet Earth take place. In the intersecting political, food, environmental, and climate crises around the world, agriculture and rural development play a key role. To transform agriculture(s) sustainably and equitably, advances and issues in multiple scientific, social, and policy domains must be linked. This includes the study of, among others:

  • Agricultural and natural sciences (biophysical foundations for sustainable agroecologies).
  • Environmental and business economics within this biophysical context
  • Agri-cultural values and ethics
  • The social organization (governance) and economic interdependence of agriculture, rural areas and rural-urban relations
  • Policy positions, interests, and voices within the food system
  • Critical research and advocacy

The master's program Agriculture, Ecology & Societies (AGES) enables students to link these parallel threads of knowledge and explore agriculture as a complex socio-ecological system. It combines a solid agronomic qualification with a good understanding of how agriculture is embedded economically and socially. With project study and wide module choices, AGES encourages students to tailor their studies to their interests and goals. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary, critical, and project-based learning and brings together faculty with diverse (inter)disciplinary backgrounds. All AGES modules are taught in English.

AGES is offered by the Department of Ecological Agricultural Sciences. As a transdisciplinary program, AGES combines the experience and facilities of four other departments at the University of Kassel:     

  • Department 02 - Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Department 05 - Social Sciences
  • Department 06 - Architecture - Urban Planning - Landscape Planning
  • Department 07 - Economic Sciences

At our international partner universities, students can further specialize in areas such as agroecology, rural development and environmental management. Stays abroad can also be integrated into the development of the master's thesis as field research.

General program information

Final degree: Master of Science or Master of Arts, depending on specialization

Beginning of study: Winter semester

Period of study: 4 semester

Language of instruction: English

Study information day (in German language)

Study information day (in German language): Details

Transdisciplinary program that combines the expertise and facilities of four faculties at Kassel University.

Lectures are at Witzenhausen campus (Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences) and Kassel main campus (Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Economics).

A semesterticket for regional public transport is included in the semester fee.

Application procedure for the winter semester

Application with a degree earned in Germany

Application period

annual 01.06. - 01.09.

Please apply for this course via the online application portal for master's degree courses at the University of Kassel.

How to apply

Application with a degree earned outside Germany

Application period

annual 01.12. - 01.05.

If you pursued your Bachelor degree at a university outside Germany, you need to apply via uni-assist. uni-assist will pre-evaluate your application on behalf of the University of Kassel and inform you if further documents are required. 

How to apply

Information study - information desk and service phone


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