Crops and Plant Sciences

Cortile interno di Agraria
Crops and Plant Sciences
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
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
1. The master's degree course in Crops and Plant Sciences, belonging to the master's degree class in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies (Class LM-69). The aim of the master is to prepare graduates with a wide cultural background, scientific training with particular reference to the method; professional preparation in the areas of plant production, their protection, including ornamental and urban green systems, landscaping and environmental recovery / remediation, as well as in the protection of plants from adversity to obtain competitive and sustainable production. 2. The training received will give to the graduates an in-depth knowledge of current agricultural systems and greenery, with purposes that are both increase yield and protection of the territory and the environment. The degree course in Crops and Plant Sciences is characterized by a strong specialization in scientific and design aspects in the wide sector of cultivation systems, technical and recreational green areas, and the sustainability of production processes. 3. In particular, master's degrees will provide: · qualified skills to plan and manage research and innovative processes, both independently and in work groups, taking on project and structure responsibilities; · in-depth knowledge of the agricultural environment, and agro-ecosystems with their main guiding variables, such as climatic, agro-meteorological and pedological. · qualified knowledge of biology, physiology, genetics and molecular biology of plants and their pests and related interactions, essential for obtaining the quantitative-qualitative improvement of agricultural plant production, for rationally planning the defense and for safeguarding soil resources, using traditional and innovative technologies; · acquired the methodologies, including laboratory, for the quality control of the supply chain of the various plant productions and will know how to design, manage and certify the systems and processes of plant production and plant protection; · skills to program and manage the strategies, technologies and means used in the production and defense of plants and to minimize the impact that the means themselves can have on the environment; · skills to be able to organize and manage scientific research plans in the public and private sector; · skills for managing traditional and innovative genetic improvement programs; · command of a European language, usually English.
This professional figure will find employment, also with reference to the group 2.3.1.3 (Agronomists and assimilated) of the ISTAT classification of professions (intellectual, scientific, and highly specialized professions, for which a high level of knowledge and experience is required; their tasks consist in enriching existing knowledge by promoting and conducting scientific research; in interpreting concepts, scientific theories and norms; in teaching them systematically; in applying them to the solution of concrete problems), in the following sectors: in the free profession , after passing the state exam, enrolling in the Register of Agronomy and Forestry Doctors; in public research bodies, as responsible for the qualitative and quantitative improvement of agricultural crops and their defense; in the regional phytosanitary services, as inspectors for goods in transit and for nurseries or as officials in charge of drafting the regional disease protection directives; in the industries producing technical means for agriculture (seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products, etc.), with research or consultancy tasks for operators; in large-scale organized distribution, as responsible for the planning of agricultural plant production, the drafting of production regulations and the control of the healthiness of food; in the design, management and defense of ornamental, recreational and sports green; in the development and organization of technical assistance services; in rural development projects, including on an international scale, by integrating productive, managerial, environmental enhancement, and sustainability of agricultural activities skills.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The Course of study in Crops and Plant Sciences gives many opportunities for stages abroad mainly through the Erasmus+ programme. About 30 foreign Universities of the EU are involved in this students exchange. The areas of study which can be followed by the students abroad are almost all those included in this course of study. In general, students who make a stage abroad attend local courses or participate in research for the preparation of their thesis. The examination scores and the related UFC obtained in the partner universities are almost entirely acknowledged by our university for the curriculum studies. Other possibilities exist in terms of cultural exchange with non EU universities (in China, Japan, Latin America) not involved in the Erasmus programme. The Master degree in Crop and Plant Science is partner of the double degree in the framework of Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Plant Breeding - emPlant+ (EMJMD) and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Informations at https://www.unimi.it/en/international/study-abroad/double-degree.

Course attendance is strongly recommended.

Enrollment

Admission requirements

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

Graduates of class L-25 (Agricultural sciences and technologies), as well as the corresponding class pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/99, may 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, may also access the programme: 

AGR/01 - Economy and rural appraisal, AGR/02 - Agronomy and herbaceous crops, AGR/03 - General arboriculture, AGR/04 - Horticulture and floriculture, AGR/05 - Forest management and forestry, AGR/07 - Agricultural genetics, AGR/08 - Agricultural hydraulics, AGR/09 - Agricultural mechanics, AGR/10 - Rural constructions and agro-forestry territory, 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 and cultural heritage chemistry, 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 - Economics and business management.

Proficiency in English at a B1 level or higher, under to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission. 

The B1-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:

- Language certificate at or above B1, obtained no more than 3 years prior to submission. For the list of language certificates recognized by the University please review:   https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-e-corsi-di-inglese/test-di-ingresso-di-inglese). The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;

- English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. Our offices will perform an internal check, without the applicant having to attach any statements;

- Placement test, which will be delivered by the SLAM on September 22, and November 12, 2021, only for students who have applied for admission at a later date.

All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.

Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until December 31, 2021 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.

Students who do not meet the requirement by December 31 will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.

Admission assessment

During application assessment, an admission board will evaluate the curricular requirements of the candidates and, if necessary, may ask for further documents.

The board may also highlight any shortcomings to be filled before the admission interview that will be held on the following dates:

- September 24, 2021, 2.00 pm;

- January 12, 2022, 2.00 pm.

The interviews will take place via videoconference. Connection details will be notified to the candidates within one week of the interview date.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 29/10/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 15/01/2022


Please note

Non-EU students residing abroad must submit admission application until 31 May 2021.

Programme description and 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
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Landscape planning 8 80 Italian AGR/10
- Pianificazione del territorio4
- Progettazione del paesaggio4
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English AGR/09
Tree propagation and nursery industry 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Agro-environmental analysis and modelling 6 64 Italian AGR/02
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian AGR/08
International agrifood markets and policy 7 72 English AGR/01
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 - A workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 English AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian AGR/03 AGR/09
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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 di quelli attivati per il corso di laurea, o degli altri corsi di laurea della Facoltà e dell'Ateneo, oppure da destinare ad altre attività formative valutabili in crediti. Tra tali attività 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, di norma fino ad un massimo di 4 CFU. Per le modalità di riconoscimento di tali attività, che devono essere approvate preventivamente dal Collegio Didattico, lo studente dovrà rivolgersi al proprio tutor.
Il Collegio Didattico propone gli insegnamenti indicati nella tabella sottostante come particolarmente idonei alla formazione del laureato in Scienze della Produzione e Protezione delle Piante.
Gli studenti iscritti ai due curriculum possono scegliere come opzionali gli insegnamenti previsti per il curriculum a cui non sono iscritti. Per gli studenti iscritti al curriculum in Plant Biotechnology sono particolarmente consigliati i seguenti insegnamenti:
- Basic Statistics and Experimental design
- Plant breeding
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Landscape planning 8 80 Italian First semester AGR/10
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English First semester AGR/09
Tree propagation and nursery industry 6 56 Italian First semester AGR/03
Agro-environmental analysis and modelling 6 64 Italian Second semester AGR/02
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian Second semester AGR/08
International agrifood markets and policy 7 72 English Second semester AGR/01
Pest management in post-harvest food 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/11
Planning and realization of urban green spaces 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/03
Ree biocontrollo patogeni - approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni (BASIC) 3 44 Italian Second semester AGR/12
Ree Crispres - A workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 English Second semester AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian Second semester AGR/03 AGR/09
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
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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 48 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
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Landscape planning 8 80 Italian AGR/10
- Pianificazione del territorio4
- Progettazione del paesaggio4
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English AGR/09
Tree propagation and nursery industry 6 56 Italian AGR/03
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Agro-environmental analysis and modelling 6 64 Italian AGR/02
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian AGR/08
International agrifood markets and policy 7 72 English AGR/01
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 - A workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 English AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian AGR/03 AGR/09
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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 di quelli attivati per il corso di laurea, o degli altri corsi di laurea della Facoltà e dell'Ateneo, oppure da destinare ad altre attività formative valutabili in crediti. Tra tali attività 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, di norma fino ad un massimo di 4 CFU. Per le modalità di riconoscimento di tali attività, che devono essere approvate preventivamente dal Collegio Didattico, lo studente dovrà rivolgersi al proprio tutor.
Il Collegio Didattico propone gli insegnamenti indicati nella tabella sottostante come particolarmente idonei alla formazione del laureato in Scienze della Produzione e Protezione delle Piante.
Gli studenti iscritti ai due curriculum possono scegliere come opzionali gli insegnamenti previsti per il curriculum a cui non sono iscritti. Per gli studenti iscritti al curriculum in Plant Biotechnology sono particolarmente consigliati i seguenti insegnamenti:
- Basic Statistics and Experimental design
- Plant breeding
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Landscape planning 8 80 Italian First semester AGR/10
Proximal sensing and data analysis for agricultural products 6 56 English First semester AGR/09
Tree propagation and nursery industry 6 56 Italian First semester AGR/03
Agro-environmental analysis and modelling 6 64 Italian Second semester AGR/02
Design and management of irrigation systems 4 40 Italian Second semester AGR/08
International agrifood markets and policy 7 72 English Second semester AGR/01
Pest management in post-harvest food 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/11
Planning and realization of urban green spaces 6 56 Italian Second semester AGR/03
Ree biocontrollo patogeni - approcci innovativi e a basso impatto ambientale per il controllo di patogeni (BASIC) 3 44 Italian Second semester AGR/12
Ree Crispres - A workshop on genome editing technologies 3 42 English Second semester AGR/03 AGR/07 AGR/12 BIO/01
Ree Fru-Bqe - FRUit Breeding and Quality evaluation Experience 3 48 Italian Second semester AGR/03 AGR/09
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Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
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  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
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  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
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