Università degli Studi di Perugia

Degree course in Sustainable agriculture

Course Name
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Course Code
LM20
Class (Ministerial code)
LM-69
Website
http://dsa3.unipg.it/it/corsi-di-laurea-magistrali
Field(s) of study
Area 08 – Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary
Qualification award
Master Degree
Level of qualification according to the NQF and the EQF
EHEA Second cycle; EQF Level 7
Length of programme / number of credits
2 years / 120 ECTS
Language of Teaching
Italian
Mode of study
In-class
Didactic centre
Via Borgo XX Giugno, 74 - Perugia
Programme director
Prof. Roberto Buonaurio
Access to the course
Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Available places
65
Specific admission requirements
Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking
Evaluation of specific subject knowledge on entry
Foreign students are required to take a test to verify their proficiency of the Italian language, except Erasmus Incoming students, Exchange Students and students in mobility as per the Cooperation Agreement
Profile of the programme
The student will initially acquire preparatory knowledge in pedology, experimental methodology, landscape survey and mapping, circular economy, and hydrology. Then he has to choose one of the following curricula: Organic and eco-compatible agriculture, Bioeconomics, Territorial and landscape planning and management. These are focused mainly on precision agriculture, agri-food policy, landscape planning and design. The professional knowledge acquired in classes, laboratories and field, through an intense multidisciplinary student-teacher interaction, will allow the persons that graduated in this course to sustainably manage agricultural production and to program, manage and evaluate projects for sustainable rural area development and enhancement of agriculture sustainability.
Programme learning outcomes
The graduate in Sustainable Agriculture will develop knowledge and skills on: sustainable use of land and water resources; theoretical principles of circular economy; survey and representation of the agro-forestry territory through topography, GIS, Remote Sensing; organization of scientific experiments and statistical processing of data. Additionally, he will develop specific knowledge on: 1) eco-compatible cultivation and control of crops through the precision agriculture and biodiversity conservation and management; 2) establishment and management of new business paths oriented towards the sustainability of production processes and the reduction of food waste along the supply chains; 3) design, implementation and management of interventions aimed at transforming the territory, the landscape and urban green areas.
Qualification requirements and regulations
Admission to the final test for achievement of the qualification will require that the student has acquired all the credits included in the study plan for training activities other than the final test. The final test for the achievement of the qualification is public and consists of the presentation of a thesis work to the degree committee. This work consists in the preparation of a study based on literature review, experimentation and/or research on a topic of relevant interest for Sustainable Agriculture.
Examination regulations and grading scale
In general the student assessment occurs through an oral exam, which sometimes is accompanied by a written exam or the delivery of a written report. Intermediate tests are requested for some courses. The exam grades are measured in thirtieths (0-30 scale), the minimum grade is 18/30 and the maximum grade is 30/30. The maximum grade can be enhanced with “cum laude” (30 cum laude), in case of excellence. Grades are given by an exam committee of at least two lecturers, whose President is the chair of the course. The main exam sessions are held in January/February, June/July and September. Students may retake exams, if not passed. The University provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution of the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme. The final degree evaluation is expressed in one-hundred-and-tenths (0-110 scale). The minimum grade is 66/110 and the maximum grade is 110/110. The calculation of the final grade of each candidate takes into account the average of the grades obtained in the subject exams, as well as the quality of the work performed in research or in the final thesis, which is discussed in public before a degree committee. “Cum laude” (110 cum laude) may be added to the maximum grade if the exam commission unanimously agrees.
Obligatory or optional mobility windows
Students can participate in the European Erasmus+ program which allows them to carry out study or traineeship activities at foreign Universities. Erasmus+ for study allows to spend a period of continuous study in a foreign University, while Erasmus+ for training allows spending a period of internship in a company, institution, or non-governmental organization based in a foreign country.
Work-based learning
The internship represents an important moment in the student professionalization process and addresses the student to the labour market and is also aimed at identifying and planning the activities covered by the final degree. The internship takes place in Italian and foreign non-university structures (e.g. companies from various agricultural sectors, public institutions, professional offices, associations, etc.).
Occupational profiles of graduates
Professional outlets for graduates are foreseen in the fields of agricultural, environmental and sustainable development of the territory, with particular expertises in the economic-environmental analysis, environmental and territorial assessments, elaboration of environmental policies and sustainable development policies. Graduates are able to provide service activities in private companies, freelance profession, public administration, research institutions, international organizations. - The profile of the graduate falls within the profession of the senior Agronomist
UnitLanguageAnnoPeriodCFU
ENGLISH LANGUAGE-LEVEL B2
In all curricula
Italian1II3
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
In all curricula
Italian1I9
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN AGRICULTURE
In all curricula
Italian1II6
FARM MANAGEMENT AND FOOD AGRICULTURAL POLICIES
Curriculum: Bioeconomia
Italian1II10
HYDROLOGY AND WATER SUPPLY
In all curricula
Italian1II6
LANDSCAPE SURVEY AND MAPPING
In all curricula
Italian1I9
OPTINALS
In all curricula
Italian1II8
ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS
Curriculum: Agricoltura biologica ed ecocompatibile
Italian1whole year9
PEDOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY OF THE AGRO-ECOSYSTEM
In all curricula
Italian1I9
PRECISION AGRICULTURE
Curriculum: Agricoltura biologica ed ecocompatibile
Italian1II10
SOIL ASSESSMENT AND CONSERVATION
Curriculum: Territorio e paesaggio
Italian1II6
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES
Curriculum: Territorio e paesaggio
Italian1II6

Free-choice training activities

UnitPeriodCFU
Group II ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group I ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group I ANNO- POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA LINGUE E/O LABORATORIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max6
Group II ANNO - POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA LINGUE E/O LABORATORIO E/O PROLUNGAMENTO DEL TIROCINIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max8
Group I ANNO-POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group II ANNO -POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group I ANNO-POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group II ANNO-POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group I ANNO- POSSIBILITA' SCELTA DA LINGUA E/O LABORATORIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max6
Group II ANNO - POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA LINGUE E/O LABORATORIO E/O PROLUNGAMENTO DEL TIROCINIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max8
Group I ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group II ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group I ANNO-POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group II ANNO-POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA AAF
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max3
Group I ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group II ANNO - INSEGNAMENTI DA ALTRI CURRICULA
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max12
Group I ANNO- POSSIBILITA' SCELTA DA LINGUA E/O LABORATORIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max6
Group II ANNO - POSSIBILITA' A SCELTA DA LINGUE E/O LABORATORIO E/O PROLUNGAMENTO DEL TIROCINIO
CFU (University training credits) required: Min1 - Max8
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