Master level - French engineering

French Agricultural Engineering Diploma (Master's Degree level)

- Topics : Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity
- Language : French
- Student Status : Formation initiale ou Etudiant étranger

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide solid grounding for an engineer in life sciences in order to find the right decisions within a changing world, with thorough knowledge and skills in scientific, technical, sociological, economic, human and cultural sectors.

The courses and conferences consist in studying common concepts along with the acquisition of appropriate methodologies and approaches.

Approximately 40% of the timetable is dedicated to practical work (TP), tutorials (TD) and outdoor activities, in order to increase the future engineer’s expertise and to consolidate scientific approaches.

The teaching time is about 27 hours per week allowing the student to have free time for personal work and for the extra-curricular activities (sport for example).

This training program offers:

 Multidisciplinary courses

 Personal or team work experiences

Career Prospects

 Example of Career prospects:

  • Quality Manager (Industrial Performance)
  • Process Engineer in Agribusiness
  • R & D Manager in a Food Industry
  • Responsible for Economic Development
  • NGO Project Manager / Coordinator
  • Development Officer OPA
  • Agricultural Innovative Program Manager
  • Agricultural Specialist
  • Watershed Coordinator
  • Agro-Ecological Project Leader
  • Consultant in Agriculture or Viticulture or Management or Marketing
  • International Project Manager
  • Journalist in Agriculture
  • Researcher
  • Teacher-Researcher
  • ONIVIS or Public Veterinary Health Inspector

 61% of graduates reach an executive job position straight after their diploma, within 3-months

 86% of graduates obtain their target position in less than 3 months

 15% of graduates find their job abroad: their capacity for innovation, adaptation and understanding local people's needs are highly rated

13% of graduates per cohort are following a career linked to higher education, research or international organizations and decide to pursue their studies with a PhD.

Admission Requirements

Procedures for foreign applicants
Second year entry

Entrance examination "Concours DE"

All foreign candidates applying for the second year must either:

 Hold a title or a Degree in a scientific field justifying four years of higher education or

 Justify a total amount of 240 European credits (ECTS) during their undergraduate studies in a science, or

Be following an M1 level (1st year of a Master's Degree) in an international institution with whom Montpellier SupAgro had signed a dual degree (students must contact their institution before applying)

In all cases, the student must have successfully passed their course exams.

Degrees and diplomas must be obtained at the end of the examination period in July, two months prior to the new academic year.

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Course Content

The Montpellier SupAgro 'Agricultural Engineering' M.Sc. level course is divided into three learning sequences.

A Common Core (three semesters) that offers the undergraduate students (A level+2) the essential fundamentals for Engineering in Agricultural Sciences:

  • Agricultural Production, Food Processing and Trade, Systems and Territory Management, Project Management
  • Fundamental reasoning, methods, open-mindedness to other disciplinary fields and language learning are part of all the modules

One semester of elective modules completes and deepens the training in the chosen fields. These elective modules provide the means to decide which study trajectory to follow in the 3rd year. This semester may be carried out at a foreign partner university.

The Agronomy Engineer’s practical experience at Montpellier SupAgro is enhanced by:

  • a 6 week work placement on a farm at the end of the first year
  • a 12 week work placement in a company, in France or abroad, at the end of the second year

The Third Year (two semesters), prepares the prospective Engineer for professional responsibilities. The student can choose to specialize in one of the 11study trajectories offered by the Engineering diploma curricula. Before the end of year evaluation which is completed by the agricultural engineering thesis defence. The year is divided into two parts:

  • a semester with specialised and in-depth courses, and
  • a six-month work placement in a company or a public / private research laboratory

webThe common core covers semester 5, 6 & 7- the first year and half of the second year.

The syllabus promotes the discovery of a wide range of fundamental topics, such as theoretical approaches and applications, while insisting on transversal and systemic approaches, compulsory to tackle the complexity of systems management efficiently. 

webThe Elective modules cover semester 8
The elective modules are classified by sequence, and by topic. The semester is divided into 5 sequences of elective modules, of either 2 or 4 weeks, from January to mid-May. This semester is pedagogically active thanks to the limited number of students per sequence, the restricted volume of courses and talks which are given mainly by professionals. The development of tutorials, projects, surveys, reports and bibliographic activities, calls on personal, individual and team work skills.

web11 third year curricula to choose from, for semesters 9 and 10

In the third year of the course, students follow their study trajectory chosen from the 11 curricula offered by Montpellier SupAgro or partner institutions: Agri-Food and Agro-Industry; Plant Breeding, Mediterranean and Tropical Crops Engineering; Agro-managers; Agro-Technologies of Information and Communication; Chemistry and Bio-processes for Sustainable Development; Livestock Farming Systems; Water, Cultivated Areas and Environment Management; Sustainable Crop Production; Plant Protection and Environment; Territories and Resources : Public Policies and Actors; Viticulture-Oenology.

webSemester 9 is dedicated to intensive academic course content on the chosen curriculum and semester 10 is devoted to the 6-month internship, in France to prepare the thesis for defense.



Last update : 13/01/2017