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Subject : Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2008 - July 2009
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering programme focuses on the development of technology for the production, processing and storage of food and non-food agricultural products, and the management of the rural area, renewable resources and agro-industrial production chains. In all cases it concerns innovation and sustainable technology, where the close interaction between technology, plants, animals, the environment and society plays a central role. Developments in society at large often involve the development of new technology. The adoption of new technology and its integration within existing processes therefore requires special attention. This is why the programme also offers a course in technology assessment.

Graduates will be academically-trained professionals who:

  • understand technology, living systems and the exact and social sciences;
  • have experience in integral thinking and a systems approach;
  • are capable of solving technology-related problems in the area of food and non-food agricultural production and in the management of the rural area;
  • explicitly take social aspects into account.
  • There are four specialisations:

    Agricultural Engineering Students can major in:

  • Soil technology; e.g. the mechanical and physical properties and processes of soil structure in the context of sustainable agriculture, specifically machine-soil-plant relations.
  • Greenhouse technology; e.g. automation and climate control.
  • Livestock technology: e.g. the design of innovative husbandry systems and technical equipment to meet current and future demands regarding the environment, animal welfare and product quality.
  • Field crop technology: e.g. precision agriculture.
  • Measurement and Control Students can major in:

  • Simulation, Climate Control;
  • Process Control; e.g. design of a control system for a potato storage facility
  • Robotics and System Identification; e.g. a harvest robot or a milking robot.
  • Information Technology Students can major in:

  • Databases;
  • Simulation;
  • Software engineering and Information Systems;
    e.g. design of information or data processing systems required for production and processing technology in the chain.
  • Environmental engineering Students can major in:

  • Biological energy production
  • Water reuse and nutrient recycling; e.g. ethanol production from by-products, treatment of wastewater for irrigation purposes, nitrogen recovery from greenhouse biomass.
  • Admission Requirements

    in agricultural or environmental engineering or related fields.
    Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5