Courses and study modules
The scope of the Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences is 120 credits (ECTS), to be completed in two academic years. It comprises of 90 credits of advanced studies in the selected study track (incl. your Master's thesis) and 30 credits of other studies.

The advanced studies consist of joint courses and study track specific studies. By choosing alternative modules inside your selected study track, you will be able to deepen your expertise in particular areas of the selected study track.

You can find the joint courses, the study modules and examples of other available courses presented below.

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Joint studies

Joint studies for all four AGRI study tracks

  • AGRI-001 Personal Study Plan (PSP), 0 cr
  • AGRI-002 Research Design and Analysis, 5 cr
  • AGRI-003A Scientific Writing, 4 cr
  • AGRI-003B Seminars, 1 cr
  • AGRI-004 Literature, 5 cr
  • AGRI-005 Master’s Thesis, 30 cr
  • VIIKM-001 Master’s Maturity Test, 0 cr
Mod­ules in Plant Pro­duc­tion Sci­ences

Joint studies in the Plant Production Sciences study track, 15 credits

  • IPS-002 Plants in Changing World, 5 cr
  • IPS-113 Advanced Plant Physiology, 5 cr
  • An optional course according to PSP, 5 cr

Alternative modules in the Plant Production Sciences study track, 30 credits

Choose 2x15 cr modules or 1x30 cr module

Agroecology module:

Agroecology, 30 credits

  • AGRI-211 Wildlife in Farming Environment, 5 cr
  • AGRI-212 Ecological Farming Methods, 5 cr
  • AGRI-221 Agroecology: Working with the Complexity of Farming Systems, 5 cr
  • AGRI-222 Sustainable Food Systems, 5 cr
  • ECGS-001 Introduction to Sustainability Science, 5 cr

+ Choose one alternative 5 cr course here:

  • ECGS-601 Ecosystems and climate change, 5 cr
  • ECGS-081 Analytical approaches to human environmental interaction, 5 cr
  • An optional ECGS course according to PSP, 5 cr

Plant Breeding modules:

Plant Breeding, 15 credits

  • AGRI-232 Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources, 5 cr
  • FOR-278 Forest Tree Breeding and Genetic Resources, 5 cr

+ Choose one alternative 5 cr course here:

  • IPS-125 Plant Genetics and Environmental Responses, 5 cr
  • AGRI-285 Translational Plant Biology, 5 cr

Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 15 credits  

  • IPS-121 Plant Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 5 cr
  • IPS-122 Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 5 cr
  • IPS-123 Laboratory Course in Plant Biotechnology, 5 cr

Crop Science module:

Crop Science, 30 credits

  • AGRI-241 Field Crop Quality, 5 cr
  • AGRI-242 Field Crop Quality Laboratory course, 5 cr
  • AGRI-243 Herbicides and Weed Management, 5 cr
  • AGRI-248 Cropping Systems Ecology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-249 Crop Ecological Physiology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-245 Crop Science and Horticulture Practicals, 5 cr

Plant Pathology modules:

Plant Pathology, 15 credits

  • AGRI-251 Fungal Plant Pathogens, 5 cr
  • AGRI-252 Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, 5 cr
  • AGRI-253 Plant Virology, 5 cr

Epidemiology and Control of Plant Diseases, 15 credits

  • AGRI-261 Epidemiology and Ecology of Plant Pathogens, 5 cr
  • AGRI-262 Advanced Training in a Plant Pathology Research Group, 5 cr
  • AGRI-263 Plant-Microbe Interactions, 5 cr

Agricultural Entomology module:

Agricultural Entomology, 15 credits

  • AGRI-271 Biological Control, 5 cr
  • AGRI-272 Integrated Pest Management, 5 cr
  • AGRI-273 Extended Insect Identification, 5 cr

Horticulture modules:

Horticulture, 30 credits

  • AGRI-281 Postharvest Physiology and Technology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-282 Greenhouse Production and Management, 5 cr
  • AGRI-283 Berry and Fruit Crop Physiology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-245 Crop Science and Horticulture Practicals, 5 cr
  • IPS-122 Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 5 cr

+ Choose one alternative 5 cr course here:

  • IPS-123 Laboratory Course in Plant Biotechnology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-285 Translational Plant Biology, 5 cr

Viherala, 15 credits

  • AGRI-291 Viheralueiden kasvit, 5 cr

+ Choose two alternative 5 cr courses from here :

  • AGRI-292 Taajamien viheralueet, 5 cr
  • AGRI-293 Kaupunkibiotoopit, 5 cr
  • AGRI-294 Horticulture for Human Well-being and Green Care, 5 cr
  • AGRI-296 Kaupunkiviljely, 5 cr
Mod­ules in An­imal Science

Joint studies in the Animal Science study track, 15 credits

  • AGRI-301 Animal Genomics and Nutrition, 5 cr
  • AGRI-303 Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 5 cr
  • An optional course according to PSP, 5 cr

Alternative modules in the Animal Science study track, 30 credits

Choose 2x15 cr modules

Animal Breeding module:

Animal Breeding Theory, 15 credits                              

  • AGRI-311 Animal Data Analysis, 5 cr                    
  • AGRI-312 BLUP and Variance Components, 5 cr                                       
  • AGRI-313 Selection Theory, 5 cr                                           

Animal Nutrition modules:

Animal Physiology, 15 credits                                           

  • AGRI-331 Ruminant Nutrition Physiology, 5 cr                    
  • AGRI-332 Production Physiology of Farm Animals, 5 cr                           
  • AGRI-333 Endocrinology of Farm Animals, 5 cr                                         

Feed Science, 15 credits                                                   

  • AGRI-341 Feed Evaluation and Diet Formulation, 5 cr                             
  • AGRI-342 Feed Science and Technology, 5 cr     
  • AGRI-343 Modelling and Data Analysis in Animal Nutrition, 5 cr

Animal Welfare and Health module:

Animal Welfare and Health, 15 credits                              

  • AGRI-351 Animal Health in Production Animals and Disease Prevention, 5 cr                    
  • AGRI-352 Welfare of Domestic Species, 5 cr                                       
  • AGRI-353 Societal Aspects of Animal Welfare, 5 cr    
Mod­ules in Agro­tech­no­logy

Joint studies in the Agrotechnology study track, 30 credits

  • AGRI-101 Energy and Agriculture, 5 cr
  • AGRI-104 Measurement Technology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-106 Smart Farming (web course), 5 cr
  • FOR-265 Terramechanics and trafficability prediction
  • ME-204 Geoinformatics 1  (web course), 5 cr

+ Choose one alternative 5 cr course here:

  • AGRI-132 Crop Production Technology  (literature exam), 5 cr
  • AGFO-311 Research Methods in Agriculture, 5 cr

Alternative modules in the Agrotechnology study track, 15 credits

Choose 1x15 cr module

Environmental Technology in Agriculture, 15 credits            

  • AGRI-141 Environmental Technology in Agriculture Crop Production, theoretical bases, 5 cr                                                      
  • AGRI-142 Environmental Technology in Agriculture, exercises, 5 cr                                                        
  • AGRI-143 Environmental Technology in Agriculture, applications, 5 cr                                                      

Agricultural Engineering, 15 credits            

  • AGRI-151 Agricultural Automation, 5 cr                                                           
  • AGRI-152 Design and Simulation of Agricultural Machines, 5 cr                                                       
  • AGRI-153 Agricultural Robotics, 5 cr      
Mod­ule in En­vir­on­mental Soil Science

Joint studies in the Environmental Soil Science study track, 15 credits

  • Study units agreed in the PSP

Compulsory module in the Environmental Soil Science study track, 30 credits

Choose 1x30 credit module

Environmental Soil Science, 30 credits

  • AGRI-411 Soil Hydrology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-412 Environmental Soil Science Readings II, 5 cr
  • AGRI-413 Advanced Soil Science, 5 cr
  • AGRI-414 Pedogenesis and Soil Classification, 5 cr
  • AGRI-415 Soil Science Laboratory III, 10 cr
Career orientation and professional skills training (examples)

Career orientation and professional skills training (examples)

  • AGRI-017 Advanced Training in a Research Group, 5-10  cr
  • AGRI-018 Practical Training, 5-10  cr
  • AGRI-019 Supervision of Younger Students in Agricultural Sciences, 1-5 cr
  • AGRI-020 Study Group in Agricultural Sciences, 1-3 cr
  • AGRI-021 Project work, 5 cr
  • AGRI-007 Other studies
  • AGRI-102 Agroteknologian sidosryhmät, 5 op
  • AGRI-295 Puutarhatieteen projektityö, 5 op
  • VIIKM-002 Tutoring, 5 cr
  • VIIKM-005 Demanding participation in administrative bodies and student organisations, 2-5 cr
Other optional studies from student’s own programme or from other programmes (examples)

Orientation, sustainability, pedagogical and language courses (examples)

  • VIIKM-003 Orientation Course, 1 cr  
  • SUST-001 Sustainability Course (MOOC), 3 cr
  • PED590 Towards Better Well-Being and Studying, 3 cr    
  • KK-ENG501 Academic Writing 1: Principles and Practice (Master's Students) (CEFR C1), 2 cr          
  • KK-ENG502 Academic Writing 2: Process and Feedback (Master's Students) (CEFR C1), 2 cr           
  • Other optional studies

Methodological courses according to the study track (examples)

  • Statistics, programming, bioinformatics, mathematics, computer sciences and GIS courses
  • Chemistry lab course, gene technology lab course, physical chemistry

Other optional courses according to the study track (examples)

  • ME-242 Agriculture, Agroforestry and Forestry in the Tropics, 5 cr
  • AGRI-247 Tropical Plants of Economical Importance, 3 or 5 cr
  • AGRI-202 Extended Plant Identification, 2-5 cr
  • IPS-121 Plant Biochemistry, 5 cr
  • IPS-111 Plant Developmental Biology, 5 cr
  • FAF-101A Biodiversity.now (MOOC), 2 cr
  • FAF-101B Biodiversity.now (Project work), 3 cr
  • Una Europa Micro-Credential in Sustainability -online courses
  • Climate University -online courses
  • Biodiversity network -online courses
  • Courses from closely related Master's Programmes (IPS, ECGS, FOR, FOOD, EEB)
  • Courses from Aalto University
  • VIIKM-200 Study Module Accomplished at Another University, 15-45 cr
  • VIIKM-201 Study Module Completed in a Foreign University, 15-25 cr
  • or any other optional study units from AGRI or from other degree programmes    
AGRI courses offered to ex­change and visiting stu­dents
AGRI courses and modules offered to other degree programmes

AGRI modules and courses offered to other degree programmes 2023-2026
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AGRI-140  Environmental Technology in Agriculture, 15 cr

  • AGRI-141 Environmental Technology in Agriculture, theoretical bases, 5 cr
  • AGRI-142 Environmental Technology in Agriculture, exercises, 5 cr
  • AGRI-143 Environmental Technology in Agriculture, applications, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                     AGRI-150 Agricultural Engineering, 15 cr

  • AGRI-151 Agricultural Automation, 5 cr
  • AGRI-152 Design and Simulation of Agricultural Machines, 5 cr
  • AGRI-153 Agricultural Robotics, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                      AGRI-230 Plant Breeding, 15 cr

  • AGRI-232 Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources, 5 cr
  • FOR-278 Forest Tree Breeding and Genetic Resources, 5 cr

Alternative, choose 5 cr:                                                                                           

  • IPS-125 Plant Genetics and Environmental Responses, 5 cr
  • AGRI-285 Translational Plant Biology, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                      AGRI-270 Agricultural Entomology, 15 cr

  • AGRI-271 Biological Control, 5 cr
  • AGRI-272 Integrated Plant Protection, 5 cr
  • AGRI-273 Extended Insect Identification, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                      AGRI-290 Viherala, 15 cr

  • AGRI-291 Viheralueiden kasvit, 5 cr

Alternative, choose 10 cr                                                                                          

  • AGRI-292 Taajamien viheralueet, 5 cr
  • AGRI-293 Kaupunkibiotoopit, 5 cr
  • AGRI-294 Horticulture for Well-being and Green Care, 5 cr
  • AGRI-296 Kaupunkiviljely, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                      AGRI-310 Animal Breeding Theory, 15 cr

  • AGRI-311 Animal Data Analysis, 5 cr
  • AGRI-312 BLUP and Variance Components, 5 cr
  • AGRI-313 Selection Theory, 5 cr

 

AGRI-330 Animal Physiology, 15 cr

  • AGRI-331 Ruminant Nutrition Physiology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-332 Production Physiology of Farm Animals, 5 cr
  • AGRI-333 Farm Animal Endocrinology, 5 cr

 

AGRI-350 Animal Welfare and Health, 15 cr

  • AGRI-351 Animal Health in Production Animals and Disease Prevention, 5 cr
  • AGRI-352 Welfare of Domestic Species, 5 cr
  • AGRI-353 Societal Aspects of Animal Welfare, 5 cr

                                                                                                                                      

Interdisciplinary AGRI modules:                                                                              

AGRI-610 Agriculture and Environment, 15-25 cr

  • AGRI-211 Wildlife in the Farming Environment, 5 cr
  • AGRI-212 Ecological Farming Methods, 5 cr

Alternative, choose 5 cr:                                                                                           

  • AGRI-213 Literature in Farmland Ecology, 5 cr
  • AGRI-113 Environmental Technology in Crop Production, literature, 5 cr

Optional, choose 10 cr                                                                                              

  • Study units agreed in the PSP, 10 cr

                                                                                                                                      AGRI-620 Global South, 15-35 cr

Optional, choose 15-35 cr