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Program at a glance

Degree name Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Description Life Science Economics and Policy
Duration 4 semesters, full time study
Course structure 9 compulsory courses, 7 elective courses (1 is a "general education" elective), 1 excursion, Research project or internship, Thesis, Colloquium
Credits 120 ECTS-credits (ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)
Language English
Campus Center of Life and Food Science Weihenstephan in Freising near Munich, Germany

For further details, please consult the program´s Examination and Academic Regulations, the FPSO, which also available in German.

TUM's General Academic and Examination Regulations (APSO) is a useful reference about general matters, such as what to do when you miss an examinations due to illness, or the minimum academic progress required to qualify for the next semester, etc.

The program´s structure

The program runs for four consecutive semesters. It starts in the winter semester with courses covering a broad spectrum of topics that form the program’s foundation, culminating in the fourth semester with the thesis and colloquium.

Apart from the compulsory courses, there is a wide choice of electives in both the social and natural sciences. It is compulsory for one of the electives to be a "general education" elective, i.e. from a field outside of the social and natural sciences, but deemed relevant to the program.

Note: There are no prescribed times for the complusory internship/research project and excursion, but these need to be completed before students start their final semester. When referring to courses, it is assumed that they are worth 5 ECTS.

The program’s basic structure is outlined below.

First semester 5 compulsory courses (Life Science Economics and Policy; International Commodity Markets and Trade Policy; Applied Statistics and Econometrics; Mathematics for Economics; Human Resource Management for Ag. and Related Industries); 1 elective
Second semester 4 compulsory courses (Agribusiness Governance; Value Chain Economics; Production and Risk Management; Excursion); 2 electives
Third semester 2 compulsory courses (International Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution; Research Project/Internship); 4 electives
Fourth semester Thesis and Colloquium

Subject combinations

In addition to the compulsory courses, students need to choose their electives bearing in mind that at least two (10 ECTS) must be form the natural sciences and at least two (10 ECTS) from the social sciences, and one (5 ECTS) "general education" elective. Subject combinations should be done in consultation with a mentor.

Exchange programs

Students have the opportunity of completing a semester at an international, partner university. As there is no formal exchange program, students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity need to make their own arrangements, and importantly get pre-approval from the Examination Board.