Master of Science in Agriculture


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Course Overview

The purpose of the program is to train researchers in understanding and working within sustainable agriculture. This will be achieved by challenging students to view agriculture as a system through modules like Introduction to Systems Thinking and Systems Analysis and Simulation. This is then followed by teaching concepts in sectoral sustainable agriculture, e.g. sustainable animal production, sustainable plant production, livelihood perspectives, etc. To generate knowledge in sustainable agriculture, courses like Systems Analysis and Simulation, QUALUS and Biometry will help improve the student’s quantitative and analytical skills. A work integrated learning opportunity where students are linked to organizations in the industry will give the students real life perspectives and will aid in students becoming more employable. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
AGRIC 101 Introduction to Systems thinking 5
AGRIC 102 Sustainable soil management 5
AGRIC 103 Sustainable plant production and protection 5
AGRIC 104 Sustainable animal production 5
AGRIC 105 Biometry 5
AGRIC 106 Biodiversity and ecosystem services 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credits
AGRIC 111 Sociology of sustainable agriculture 5
AGRIC 112 Economics of sustainable agriculture 5
AGRIC 113 Systems analysis and simulation 5
AGRIC 114 Quantitative analysis of land-use systems 5
AGRIC 115 Work integrated learning 5
AGRIC 116 Introduction to Systems Thinking 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
AGRIC 201 Sustainable Soil Management 5
AGRIC 202 Sustainable Plant Production and Protection 5
AGRIC 203 Sustainable Animal Production 5
AGRIC 204 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 5
AGRIC 205 Quantitative Analysis of Land-Use Systems 5
AGRIC 206 Economics of Sustainable Agriculture 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
AGRIC 211 Sociology of Sustainable Agriculture 5
AGRIC 212 Systems Analysis and Simulation 5
AGRIC 213 Work Integrated Learning 5
AGRIC 214 Entrepreneurship 5
AGRIC 215 Master Thesis 10


Career Opportunities

Graduates in this well-respected program are employed for the purpose of

  • Designing and managing food production systems
  • Protecting surface and ground water quality
  • Designing natural resource management systems
  • Developing and managing bioprocessing systems
  • Designing off-road vehicles and agricultural equipment
  • Designing animal production facilities and environmental control systems


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