M2 Curriculum: AGRODESIGN

- Topics : Agronomy and Crop Production
- Entry level requirement : 4 years higher education
- Final Level : M.Sc. Degree level
- Language : English
- Student Status : Formation initiale ou Formation continue ou Etudiant étranger
- Course Starts : September
- Course duration:Année entière
- ECTS credits: 60

Course Objectives

Train young scientists in interdisciplinary process analysis and system design to contribute to the creation of productive, healthy and sustainable cropping systems for Mediterranean and tropical regions which are undergoing change due to climatic, resource, biodiversity and food security issues.

Students will learn state of the art methods of systems agronomy and how to integrate up-to-date scientific cross-cutting knowledge on Plant Protection, Ecology, Biology, Ecophysiology, Genetics and Agronomy to design innovative cropping systems

Career Prospects

Development Project Engineer in private companies

Systems Analysis and Design Engineer for the agricultural and resource management sectors

After a Ph.D. Researcher in National and /or International Research Laboratories, Institutes and Universities

Admission Requirements

A recognised qualification confirming successful completion of 4 years of higher education in Biology or Agricultural Sciences with sufficient disciplinary background in Plant Protection, Ecology, Biology, Ecophysiology, Genetics, Agronomy

Recognised certification of a B2 level on the Common European Framework for Languages, in English (TOEIC level 750 minimum) to guarantee understanding and participation in classwork and teamwork

Confirmation of Enrollment

A jury establishes a final list of candidates according to the fulfilment of the above requirements, the information given in the submitted documents, the number of places available and the completion of the enrollment procedure, starting with online applications submitted between January and March of the year concerned.

Course Content

This hands on 'learning by designing' approach structures the curriculum into two parts: a 'core teaching unit' on cutting edge knowledge and on system methodologies - plus a teaching unit specific to application adapted to a range of cropping systems, taking into consideration: scale, structure and intensity across the Mediterranean and tropical regions

The four-week Integrative Module on Integrated Design of Cropping Systems from mid-September to mid-December involves participation in a seminar mid-January. Supervised group work, is carried out with support from researchers. Newly acquired knowledge is consolidated in a case study, with 'a systems approach to design' of a multifunctional cropping system with a high level of production and limited use of pesticides, and other inputs. This system is designed to acheive goals while also provisioning one or several 'ecosystems services' and takes into account the relevant scales - field, farm, landscape. Two weeks supervised work + two weeks individual work

The one-week module on Methods for Analysis, Assessment and Design of Cropping Systems at field, farm and landscape scales includes lectures+ practical work conducted with each group using the given case studies from the integrative module

The two-week Thematic Modules, which include individual work, are at the cutting edge of cross-cutting science between disciplines:

Plant-Soil-Organism Interactions: from analysis to management with an Intergrated Nutrient and Fertility Management perspective

Genetic Innovation in Cropping Systems: the genetic component of production and plant health

Mixing Plants in Cropping Systems: to control pests and diseases and reduce the use of input (pesticides, fertilizers, water, energy)

The two-week Integrated Plant Protection modules:

Tropical Cropping Systems, in partnership with La Réunion University in The Indian Ocean

Mediterranean Cropping Systems

The one-week module on Methodology for Scientific Reading and Writing, preparing a synthesis of bibliographic review and wriing a master thesis project, to be continued with mostly personal work.


Semester 9: for 14 weeks between mid-September and mid-December there are 11 weeks of lectures and applications with three weeks of independent personal study

Semester 10: a 6 month work placement from January to June in a research centre in France or abroad. This can be either in the private or in the public sector.


You must complete and send the application form available online from January to March of the year concerned

Please enclose:

1. A recent photograph
2. Your Professional Information Sheet in the standard format provided
3. A cover letter stating your future professional project and how completing this course will help you to acheive your aims
4. A copy of your term grade sheets, from the high school diploma to the end of your higher education
5. A photocopy of your highest qualification certificate
6. A copy of your birth certificate, for foreign applicants or your identity card for French applicants


10,500€ for Master of Science Year 1 & Year 2

5,700€ for Master of Science Year 2 only

  • For further information please contact
    Phone : +33 (0)4 99 61 20 12

    Montpellier SupAgro
    2 place Pierre Viala, 34060 Montpellier Cedex 2, France

Course Supervisor(s)

Professor Jacques Wery
Professor Claire Neema

Contact: Isabelle Bastié


AgroDesign is based on a strong partnership with research groups in its domain.
In Montpellier: UMR System, UMR BGPI, UMR Eco&Sols, UMR LEPSE, UMR AGAP, UMR IME, UMR CBGP, UR Hortsys, UR Aida,UR Bioagresseurs, UE Alenya
In France: Antilles - UR Systemes Bananiers, La Reunion - UMR PVBMT, Avignon - UR PSH, Sophia Antipolis - UMR ISA, Toulouse UMR AGIR, Dijon (UMR Agro-Ecologie)

The partners provide teaching staff, case studies for the integrative module and interships for the Master thesis. They also provide an international network with universities and research projects in both hemispheres to allow for Ph.D. grants

Links with the private sector are ensured by these research groups and Montpellier SupAgro AgroSYS chair gives access to BAYER, BASF, Negoce Expansion, AdVini and SCP

Specific partnerships have been set-up with French Institutions CIRAD, INRA, IRD,and CGIAR organisation plus Foundations, all of whom offer grants, especially to students from tropical and Mediterranean countries


Montpellier SupAgro (La Gaillarde Campus) - Institute for Higher Education in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agri-Food Sciences( La Valette Campus)

Last update : 22/12/2017