Agriculture, Ecology and Societies (Master)

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Agriculture is the most far-reaching interaction between humans and the planet. In overlapping food, environmental, climate and political crises worldwide, agriculture and rural development play a key role. To transform agriculture(s) sustainably and equitably, we need students who connect advances in different scientific, social and political fields, such as:

  • the natural sciences (biophysical basis for sustainable agro-ecologies)
  • land and farm management practices and their interactions with their biophysical context
  • agri-cultural beliefs and ethics
  • the social organization (governance) and economics of agriculture, rural geographies and rural-urban linkages
  • political demands and voices within the food system
  • critical food systems research and advocacy

The Master program Agriculture, Ecology & Societies (AGES) allows students to connect these threads and study agricultures as complex socio-ecological systems. It combines a sound agronomic qualification with a good understanding of how agriculture is economically and socially embedded. With a wide range of modules and projects to choose from, students are encouraged to proactively build the program around their interests and career goals. The program emphasises interdisciplinary, critical and project-based learning, and is taught by scholars from a variety of (inter-)disciplinary backgrounds.
All AGES modules are taught in English.

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 pro­gram­me 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

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


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