Crops and Plant Sciences

Cortile interno di Agraria
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-69 - Agriculture
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian, English
International title
Double Degree

The degree programme is designed to equip graduates with sound cultural, scientific and professional training in the following sectors: crop productions and their protection; ornamental and urban green area and landscaping systems, and related environmental recovery/rehabilitation procedures; the protection of crops from calamities to guarantee competitive and sustainable productions.

Graduates from the master’s degree programme can pursue careers in the following sectors:

  • freelance work, upon successful completion of the State examination and registration with the Register of Professional Qualified Agronomists and Foresters;
  • state or regional research bodies responsible for the qualitative improvement of agricultural cultivations and their protection;
  • farm management, particularly in relation to the drafting of production regulations;
  • regional or provincial agricultural inspectorates;
  • regional plant health services, as inspectors of goods in transit and nurseries, or as officials in charge of the drafting of disease prevention regulations;
  • industries that produce technical agricultural equipment (seeds, fertilisers, plant protection products), in research positions or in the provision of consultancy services to operators;
  • large-scale distribution, in the management of agricultural plant productions and product quality control;
  • the planning, management and protection of green areas for ornamental, recreational and sport uses;
  • the development and organisation of technical assistance services;
  • rural development projects, also at an international level, which require a combination of skills in relation to production, managerial, environmental development and agricultural sustainability processes.

Access is open, but a B1 level in English is required for admission to the first year, and B2 for the second year. 

Graduates in class L-25 (Agricultural Sciences and Technologies), as well as in the corresponding class pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/99, can access the programme if they have earned at least 30 credits in the following academic fields: BIO/01 - General botany BIO/02 - Systematic botany BIO/03 - Environmental and applied botany BIO/04 - Plant physiology BIO/05 Zoology BIO/13 Applied biology CHIM/03 - General and inorganic chemistry CHIM/06 - Organic chemistry FIS/01 to FIS/07 MAT/01 to MAT/09 INF/01 Computer science ING-INF/05 - Data processing systems SECS-S/01 Statistics.

Graduates from classes other than class L-25, who have earned at least 60 credits in the following academic fields, can also access the programme:
AGR/01 - Rural economy and evaluation, AGR/02 - Agronomy and herbaceous cultivation, AGR/03 - General arboriculture and tree cultivation, AGR/04 - Horticulture and floriculture, AGR/05 - Forestry and silviculture, AGR/07 - Agricultural genetics, AGR/08 - Agricultural hydraulics, AGR/09 - Agricultural mechanics, AGR/10 - Rural construction and environmental land management, AGR/11 - General and applied entomology, AGR/12 - Plant pathology, AGR/13 - Agricultural chemistry, AGR/14 - Pedology, AGR/15 - Food science and technology, AGR/16 - Agricultural microbiology, BIO/07 - Ecology, BIO/18 - Genetics, BIO/19 - General microbiology, CHIM/01 - Analytical chemistry, CHIM/12 - Environmental chemistry and chemistry for cultural heritage, GEO/02 - Stratigraphic and sedimentological geology, GEO/04 - Physical geography and geomorphology, GEO/06 - Mineralogy, GEO/07 - Petrology and petrography, ICAR/06 - Topography and cartography, ICAR/15 - Landscape architecture, IUS/03 - Agricultural law, IUS/14 - European Union law, SECS-P/08 - Corporate finance. 

Foreign language

Candidates should have a knowledge of English at or above B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). English language proficiency is assessed by the SLAM - University Language Centre during the admission procedure based on:

  •  a language certificate obtained no more than 3 years earlier, at B1 or higher level (for the list of language certifications recognized by the University, see the website: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/language-proficiency/placement-tests-entry-tests-and-english-courses). The certification must be uploaded when submitting the online application; 
  •  the English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme of the University of Milan through the SLAM (and/or a computer-based test). Certificates must be less than four years old, and will be checked by our offices without the candidate having to submit any attachments; 
  •  the admission test delivered by the SLAM, which will take place on 8 September 2020 at 9 am. All those who do not submit a valid certificate or do not prove to meet the required proficiency will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.

In case of failure to pass the test, the candidate is not admitted to the Master's degree programme and cannot access further tests. 


Skills assessment

An examining commission will evaluate the curricular requirements and initial knowledge of candidates through specific interviews, which will be held on the following dates:

  • graduates: 18 September 2020 at 2.30 pm, Aula Maggiore, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Via Celoria 2;
  • students graduating by 31 December 2020: 11 January 2021 at 2.30 pm, Aula Maggiore, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Via Celoria 2.

Graduates from the University of Milan in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Improvement and protection of  mountain environments, Agricultural technology for the environment, Management of Cultivated Plants and Landscaping are exempted from the admission interview.

Double degree

Students with in-depth knowledge of foreign languages who wish to complete part of their university studies abroad may complete periods of study in various foreign universities, thereby obtaining an academic qualification from both their home university and the foreign one (Double Degree).

In particular, the degree course in Crops and Plant Sciences activated an agreement with the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) in Japan, which allows the acquisition of both the Italian and Japanese degrees.

Highly recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Microbial biotechnologies applied to plant production 6 52 Italian AGR/16
Tree growing strategies 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Virology and physiopathological biotechnologies biotechnologies 6 64 Italian AGR/12
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Herbaceous cropping systems 6 64 Italian AGR/02
Physiology of plant production 6 56 Italian AGR/13
Plant protection management 6 56 Italian AGR/12
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Basic statistics and experimental design 6 64 English AGR/02
Plant breeding 6 56 English AGR/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Applied entomology 6 48 English AGR/11
Protected cultivation systems 6 56 English AGR/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 42 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English AGR/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian AGR/08
Pest management in post-harvest food 6 56 Italian AGR/11
Planning and realization of urban green spaces 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Ree Biocontrollo patogeni - Approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni (BASIC) 3 44 Italian AGR/12
Ree Crispres - Using CRISPR-based genomic editing for crop protection 3 42 Italian AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian AGR/03 AGR/09
- Unita' didattica 10.87
- Unita' didattica 20.88
- Unita' didattica 31.25
Ree Proagra - Qualità dei prodotti agrari e relazioni con diversi input nutrizionali 3 48 Italian AGR/04 AGR/13
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Other useful knowledge for entering the world of work 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Il piano didattico comprende 12 CFU a libera scelta dello studente, da destinare ad insegnamenti selezionati nell'ambito dei corsi attivati per il corso di laurea, o per gli altri corsi di laurea della Facoltà e dell'Ateneo, oppure da destinare ad altre attività formative valutabili in crediti: tra tali attività, di norma fino ad un massimo di 4 CFU, vi sono la partecipazione a seminari, convegni, corsi di aggiornamento, o ad altre attività organizzate dall'Ateneo o da un altro Ente, purché congruenti con il percorso formativo. Per le modalità di riconoscimento di tali crediti, che devono essere approvati dal Collegio Didattico, lo studente dovrà rivolgersi al proprio tutore.
Il Collegio Didattico propone i seguenti corsi opzionali particolarmente idonei alla formazione del laureato in Scienze della Produzione e Protezione delle Piante:

Analisi e modellistica agronomico-ambientale 6 cfu; ssd AGR/02; 1° semestre;

Gestione degli infestanti in post-raccolta 6 cfu; ssd AGR/11; 2° semestre;

International agrifood markets and policy 7 cfu; ssd AGR/01; 2° semestre;

Progettazione del territorio e del paesaggio 8 cfu; ssd AGR/10; 1° semestre;

Progettazione e gestione degli impianti di irrigazione 4 cfu; ssd AGR/08; 2°semestre;

Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 cfu; ssd AGR/09; 1°semestre;

Realizzazione del verde 6 cfu; ssd AGR/03; 2°semestre;

Tecnologie per l'uso delle energie rinnovabili 6 cfu; ssd AGR/09; 2°semestre;

Vivaismo arboreo 6 cfu; ssd AGR/03; 1°semestre;

Lab. REE: Qualità dei prodotti agrari e relazioni con diversi input nutrizionali 3 cfu; ssd AGR/04-AGR13; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Miglioramento varietale e valutazione della qualità in frutticoltura 3 cfu; ssd AGR/03-AGR/09; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni 3 cfu; ssd AGR/12; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Utilizzo dell'editing genomico mediante CRISPR/cas9 per la protezione di specie di interesse agrario 3 cfu; ssd AGR/03-AGR/07-AGR/12-BIO/01; 2°semestre;
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Microbial biotechnologies applied to plant production 6 52 Italian AGR/16
Tree growing strategies 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Virology and physiopathological biotechnologies biotechnologies 6 64 Italian AGR/12
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Herbaceous cropping systems 6 64 Italian AGR/02
Physiology of plant production 6 56 Italian AGR/13
Plant protection management 6 56 Italian AGR/12
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced plant pathology 6 56 English AGR/12
Plant molecular biology 6 56 English AGR/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Development of crop ideotypes 6 48 English AGR/07
Molecular methods for plant breeding 6 56 English AGR/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 42 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English AGR/09
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian AGR/08
Pest management in post-harvest food 6 56 Italian AGR/11
Planning and realization of urban green spaces 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Ree Biocontrollo patogeni - Approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni (BASIC) 3 44 Italian AGR/12
Ree Crispres - Using CRISPR-based genomic editing for crop protection 3 42 Italian AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian AGR/03 AGR/09
- Unita' didattica 10.87
- Unita' didattica 20.88
- Unita' didattica 31.25
Ree Proagra - Qualità dei prodotti agrari e relazioni con diversi input nutrizionali 3 48 Italian AGR/04 AGR/13
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Other useful knowledge for entering the world of work 3 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Il piano didattico comprende 12 CFU a libera scelta dello studente, da destinare ad insegnamenti selezionati nell'ambito dei corsi attivati per il corso di laurea, o per gli altri corsi di laurea della Facoltà e dell'Ateneo, oppure da destinare ad altre attività formative valutabili in crediti: tra tali attività, di norma fino ad un massimo di 4 CFU, vi sono la partecipazione a seminari, convegni, corsi di aggiornamento, o ad altre attività organizzate dall'Ateneo o da un altro Ente, purché congruenti con il percorso formativo. Per le modalità di riconoscimento di tali crediti, che devono essere approvati dal Collegio Didattico, lo studente dovrà rivolgersi al proprio tutore.
Il Collegio Didattico propone i seguenti corsi opzionali particolarmente idonei alla formazione del laureato in Scienze della Produzione e Protezione delle Piante:

Analisi e modellistica agronomico-ambientale 6 cfu; ssd AGR/02; 1° semestre;

Gestione degli infestanti in post-raccolta 6 cfu; ssd AGR/11; 2° semestre;

International agrifood markets and policy 7 cfu; ssd AGR/01; 2° semestre;

Progettazione del territorio e del paesaggio 8 cfu; ssd AGR/10; 1° semestre;

Progettazione e gestione degli impianti di irrigazione 4 cfu; ssd AGR/08; 2°semestre;

Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 cfu; ssd AGR/09; 1°semestre;

Realizzazione del verde 6 cfu; ssd AGR/03; 2°semestre;

Tecnologie per l'uso delle energie rinnovabili 6 cfu; ssd AGR/09; 2°semestre;

Vivaismo arboreo 6 cfu; ssd AGR/03; 1°semestre;

Lab. REE: Qualità dei prodotti agrari e relazioni con diversi input nutrizionali 3 cfu; ssd AGR/04-AGR13; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Miglioramento varietale e valutazione della qualità in frutticoltura 3 cfu; ssd AGR/03-AGR/09; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni 3 cfu; ssd AGR/12; 2°semestre;

Lab. REE: Utilizzo dell'editing genomico mediante CRISPR/cas9 per la protezione di specie di interesse agrario 3 cfu; ssd AGR/03-AGR/07-AGR/12-BIO/01; 2°semestre;
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
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