Sustainable Agriculture


The M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture aims to provide advanced knowledge in the field of agricultural systems as well as skills to develop and manage sustainable production systems. The context of the topics covered is international, having as its main area of investigation warm-temperate environments at a global level.
The normal duration of the course is two years and requires 120 university credits (or CFUs). The Master degree in Sustainable Agriculture will be awarded upon completion of the course. All teaching courses are taught in English.
With the aim of strengthening this global approach to sustainability and food security, the degree program has been included in an internationalization project in collaboration with the University of Georgia, USA, which enables students to achieve a dual degree in “Sustainable Agriculture” (Italy) and “Crop and Soil Science” (USA).

  What will you learn

Course details a.y. 2022/23

Sustainable agriculture

You will learn how to improve the sustainability of farming systems, producing food and biomasses respecting the natural resources; you will also learn the ecosystems services provided by agriculture for human well being.

Integrated Management of Arthropod Pests

You will understand the concepts involved in the development and application of IPM strategies from pest control to pest management

Precision farming

You will acquire basis for management of agricultural machineries in precision agriculture, knowing how to choose the modern information technologies to maximize the potential of this technique

Advanced statistics

You will understand how to select, conduct and report appropriate statistics to test discrete and continuous  variables

Agricultural Management of Biogeochemical Cycles

You will study the natural and anthropic factors affecting biogeochemical cycles, and methods to mitigate agricultural pollution

Soil microbiology

You will get to know the roles and identities of the microbiological drivers of soil ecosystems and you will learn their relationships within the plant-microbe complex interplay

Plant Breeding

You will understand how to evaluate and utilize for selection, the natural and artificial plant genetic variability

Agrifood Economics and Policy

You will understand the macroeconomic functioning of a market economy and the tools regulating economic policy with special emphasis on the agricultural sector

Sustainable Disease Management

You will understand how to integrate management practices in order to  improve plant health and productivity by reducing the risk of disease epidemics and the use of fungicides

Sustainable Viticulture and Woody Crop Production

You will acquire the ability to interpret, plan and carry out the many technical operations applied to the vineyard, in the light of a thorough knowledge of the biology and physiology of the plant

Sustainable livestock systems

You will first acquire the basic knowledge on how livestock systems are organized, and then develop the ability to evaluate their interactions with environmental impact, agro-ecosystems services and food production

Water Resources Management

You will learn how to appropriately apply principles of hydraulics, soil hydraulic properties, and surface water hydrology to manage (also through GIS) the issues related to water resources management and land degradation

Crop physiology

You will acquire fundamental knowledge on shoot and root morphology and functioning of the main field crops in order to improve productivity and sustainability of their cultivation


The course hosts many seminars and guest lectures: check them here.

  Career opportunities

  • Management and consulting activities in agro-livestock systems; 
  • International marketing of agricultural products, livestock and industries; 
  • Development of innovative technologies within companies operating in the agriculture and livestock area; 
  • Control and monitoring of productive, environmental and economic performances of agricultural farms;
  • Research and development of innovative technologies within private and public research institutions; 
  • Collaboration with private and public research institutions.

  International mobility (Erasmus+, International double degree)

A double degree in "Sustainable Agriculture" (Italy) and "Crop and Soil Science" (USA) has been established in collaboration with the University of Georgia UGA. The program participates also on the Erasmus Mundus consortium Plant Health: European Master Degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems

Further information on Erasmus office webpage.

  International scholars

A.Y. 2016-2017

Prof. George Vellidis, University of Georgia (USA), Course on Precision Farming

  Application procedures and admission requirements

If you have an international entry qualification, please follow the instructions available on HOW TO APPLY

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please refer to the Italian website - INFO ON ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS (B2 LEVEL)

Check the admission requirements here.

  Scholarships and other facilitations for students

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: