About the master's
The master's Organic Agriculture focuses on organic products. This entails the production of products without use of fertilisers and pesticides, through the sustainable use of natural resources, through integrated land use and with attention for behaviour, ecology and the integrity of animals. It is all about the production of safe products in a responsible manner with respect for plants, animals, human beings and the environment. This study takes a unique approach to themes concerning sustainable food production and food consumption. This master's programme brings together aspects of both the social and natural sciences and studies social, technological and agrarian developments. This approach is needed to address and solve societal demands. The application of different sciences combined with practical experience plays an important role in this master's study programme.
Compare the master's Organic Agriculture with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Milieu-Maatschappijwetenschappen (Environmental Social Sciences) (Radboud University Nijmegen). This master's also combines the social- and natural sciences. The focus at Nijmegen, however, is more on climate, food safety and nature from a perspective of cooperation with involved third parties, sustainable development and globalisation.
Sustainable Development (Utrecht University). This master's programme places an accent on developing added value in the transition to a sustainable living environment by means of research and in creating innovative solutions to environmental demands. While organic products are a part of this, they play a central role in the master's Organic Agriculture study programme at Wageningen University.
Differences between the master's Organic Agriculture and similar study programmes at Wageningen University
A study programme that also combines the social- and natural sciences is the master's Forest and Nature Conservation, the difference being their focus on forestry management and conservation, not on food or agriculture.
The masters Plant Sciences and Animal Sciences share technology and the natural sciences with Organic Agriculture. But, the Organic Agriculture study programme also integrates plant sciences, animal sciences, environmental- and social sciences.
MSc Biosystems Engineering shares the focus on (re)designing and innovation of systems in agriculture. However, while Biosystems Engineering focuses more on the technological aspects, Organic Agriculture dives deeper in the societal debate and biology of sustainable food production systems.