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Master’s degree in Agriculture
(Re)-invent the future of agriculture and food!

Be part of the story in a rapidly evolving field that faces many pressing economic and environmental challenges.

In brief

Why become an agricultural engineer?

When you study for an Agricultural Engineering degree at UniLaSalle, you will be addressing some of the crucial global challenges of the future.

Feeding the world using high-tech, efficient and environmentally friendly farming systems, developing innovative food products while optimizing manufacturing processes, managing energy transition in agriculture and the food industry.

These are but some of the issues you will tackle.

Our B.S./M.S. program in Agricultural Engineering will equip you for these challenging roles.

With course options ranging from agri-supplies*, the food industry, agronomy and animal sciences to management and entrepreneurship, the curriculum is designed to ensure you find the right specialization for your career goals.

Students take courses in all areas covered by this general degree from the very beginning and throughout the three years of the program.

*seed, inputs, agricultural machinery industries, etc.

Key figures
5 good reasons to study Agricultural Engineering
at UniLaSalle
22%of students take apprenticeship-based programs
93%net employment rate within one year of graduation
2hectares set aside for students' agronomic practice
46partner universities around the world
16months of internships spread throughout the program
Specializations
Specializations

Agroecology, soil, water and land management

Address some of the problems facing the world head on by choosing a course of study that combines agriculture and management of natural resources.

Agronomy and land management

Improve crop systems by applying advanced land management techniques and drawing on your knowledge of plant sciences.

Consulting and business administration

Develop expertise in both engineering and management to equip yourself with the skills needed to manage profitable agricultural businesses.

Stakes and challenges of livestock farming

Devise new livestock farming methods to meet changing consumer expectations and regulatory requirements.

Entrepreneurship and innovation in agriculture

Develop your innovative ideas and create your own agricultural company.

Marketing and business development

Improve your knowledge of business sciences, from defining strategy through to implementation.

Industrial organization in the food industry

Be part of one of the largest industries in France with many career opportunities.

Program
Three years to give you a strong foundation

The core curriculum is taught in the first three years of the program. Students develop their knowledge during this period and then choose their specialization.

Choose your specializations!

We offer seven specializations covering the main sectors in agriculture, agronomy and the food industry. In years 4 and 5 of the engineering program you will develop a deeper knowledge of your chosen specialization.
With a wide range of options to choose from, you are actively engaged in designing your own program.

Students in this interdisciplinary specialization in agriculture and management of natural resources will learn to work effectively to address key agriculture and land issues facing countries today, such as soil erosion and protection of water supplies, amongst others.

You will apply environmental and agroecological engineering concepts and methods through a practical case study in a professional environment.

Examples of case studies by students:

  • Agri-environmental study of the Avelon sub-basin (Pays de Bray, Oise, France)
  • Impact of crop practices and systems on soil fauna
  • Sacy-le-Grand (Oise) marsh: how to reconcile pasture and conservation of biodiversity.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will apply your agronomic and agroecological knowledge to enhance land management according to sustainable development principles.

This specialization is perfect for students wishing to focus on field crop production or agronomy.

Agronomy and land management is a complex and multidisciplinary science focusing on crop systems and the interconnections between the soil, climate, crops we grow and cultivation methods used by farmers.

You will learn about diagnostic and decision-making tools and methods and apply your knowledge to a case study with results based on experimentation.

Examples of case studies by students:

  • Trial of a support program to reduce pesticide use for farmers in the Oise region in France
  • Impacts of the introduction of dedicated crops on work organization and the use of farm machinery in Picardy (France)
  • Effects of organic cultivation on plot weediness and sustainability.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will have the ability to design or adjust crop systems taking specific issues into account at plot, farm or regional level.

The focus of this dual-track specialization is to equip you with advanced business management techniques.

Based on a case study, you will use data collection tools, apply project management methods, draw on a range of concepts in management science and learn how to manage professional relationships with a sponsor or partner.

Examples of case studies by students:

  • Mapping of technological risks in agriculture and identification of risk management methods
  • Feasibility study for a used oil collection and recycling subsidiary for a biofuel plant
  • Study of a short channel model for a food company specializing in local and seasonal foods.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

This specialization prepares you for economic and risk management modeling, supply chain management and change management in the food industry and in agri-industrial, consulting and finance companies.

The specialization in agricultural equipment is designed to train agricultural engineers in the skills to incorporate agricultural equipment as an integral part of sustainable production systems.

In two years, you will:

  • acquire the basic knowledge of the mechanics and design of agricultural machinery necessary for dialog with designers of agricultural machinery and equipment
  • learn the practical skills needed to work with machine users
  • develop knowledge aimed at innovation and improving agricultural equipment used in sustainable livestock and crop production.

An important element of the curriculum is a real-life research/study project in a professional environment.

Teaching is supported by the Agricultural Machinery and New Technologies Chair.

 

What are my career opportunities?

The emphasis of the agricultural equipment specialization is on production related careers and involves contact with machinery and agricultural equipment designers and dealers.

You will interface between farmers and designers to enhance the design of equipment.

Your dual expertise in technical and economic aspects of agriculture will equip you to provide better advice to farmers.

The livestock specialization is designed for students interested in animal physiology and livestock production.

It will develop your understanding of physiological functioning and cover targeted subjects in genetics, animal biotechnology breeding and prospects, key technical issues (animal feeding in particular), as well as diagnostic tools and methods.

Attendance at trade fairs, company visits and case studies all combine for an immersive approach to the challenges of livestock farming.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will learn a range of skills, including innovative and viable animal rearing methods to meet the requirements of changing regulations and evolving expectations in society and global markets.

Your technical and cross-disciplinary skills will equip you to advise livestock farmers on animal rearing techniques.

This specialization combines technical skills in agriculture and the food industry with concepts and methods to encourage innovation in business development and management.

Students will undertake a complete business creation project in the « Start-up program » run by the Picardy enterprise program, EPAPIC (Entreprendre pour apprendre en Picardie).

From innovative idea and drafting the business plan to the nuts and bolts of enterprise creation and the actual start-up, you will fill the shoes of an actual entrepreneur.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will acquire the skills to manage and secure the long-term sustainability of agricultural structures in the region and in a globalized market.

Examples of start-ups created by students:

  • TrappeControle: remote control kit for dump truck drop chutes using an electric jack
  • Eas’Hydraulic: a coupler to connect hydraulic hoses at the rear of tractors to an existing loading base
  • D’clic-P@nier: online store selling local produce from organic and integrated farming in the Oise and Picardy regions
  • Com’ pour la ferme: offering advice and support for farmers to effectively market their produce.

You will develop a solid foundation in devising and implementing sales and marketing solutions.

You will learn how to assess their profitability and calculate the return on investment using your knowledge of management science.
The program includes a real-life case study in a professional environment.

Examples of case studies by students:

  • Qualification of a customer database for an association of organic producers
  • Study of the sale potential of direct seeders
  • Test of concept and commercial viability of agricultural software.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will be trained for positions as sales and marketing engineers.

You will learn to be proactive and tuned into the business world with the agility to work in a diverse range of professional sectors (the food industry, agri-supplies, mass retail, niche retail and services).

Students in this specialization will study the full range of concepts essential for positions in production, quality, and research and development in the food industry.

You will address product-related issues (including ingredients, additives, packaging, chemical and bacteriological risks), processes (food process engineering and refrigeration), and the organization of production (flow management, industrial management, building design and layout).

Teaching will incorporate a number of applied projects focusing on formulating and producing an agri-food product and on designing or reorganizing an industrial site.

Download the list of course modules (PDF)

What are my career opportunities?

You will be equipped for positions in production and processes, primarily in the food industry.

Internships

1st year internship on a farm

The aim of the internship is to provide you with the opportunity to learn about daily work on a farm and its complex operation. You will learn technical skills and improve your general farm knowledge. The internship takes place in a mixed crop and livestock farm and is split into two periods: two weeks in March and four weeks in July/August.

 

2nd year internship abroad

Students spend four months in an English-speaking country. The internship aims to provide one or two different work experiences, to develop independence and the ability to work in an intercultural environment. For students with sufficient English (level B2), the internship can be arranged in a non-English speaking country.

 

3rd year professional opportunity internship

At the end of your 3rd year, this internship will provide the opportunity to analyze the operation of a company and gain experience in a professional environment. You will also learn about a business relevant to your training, which will be invaluable in helping you make your career choice.

 

4th year specific internship (optional)

At the end of your 4th year, UniLaSalle offers the option of an internship or other work experience in the area of your choice, in France or abroad.

 

5th year final internship

This internship takes place at the end of your 5th year and focuses on the opportunity to tackle a problem as an engineer in a company or other relevant organization. To become an agricultural engineer you will need a breadth of skills, including the ability to analyze, find solutions, test, challenge and confirm your solutions. You must be able to communicate and to explain concepts clearly and concisely.

Following completion of this internship, students write and defend their final year dissertation.

Apprenticeship programs

The 3rd, 4th and 5th years of the agricultural engineering program may also take the form of apprenticeships. Demanding significant personal investment, the apprenticeship track has the advantage of providing you with substantial work experience in addition to the other course content.

It is reserved for highly motivated students who have clearly defined career goals.

The apprenticeship track is not available for the following specializations: Agronomy and land management and Agroecology, soil, water and land management.

More information on the B.S./M.S. in Agricultural Engineering apprenticeship program

 

UniLaSalle students can also opt for an additional Master’s: the Master’s in Business Administration (MAE).

A dual-degree program is offered through a framework agreement with UPJV (Université de Picardie Jules-Verne) for a Master’s in Business Administration (MAE) in addition to Agricultural Engineering. The course content focuses on business management and is taught on Saturdays by lecturers from the Amiens Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE d’Amiens).

Only students and apprentices registered for management specializations in the B.S./M.S. program in Agricultural Engineering are eligible. This includes Entrepreneurship and innovation in agriculture, Marketing and business development and Consulting and business Administration.

 

Why opt for a dual-degree program?

  • You have the opportunity to boost your management and business skills and gain access to other market segments;
  • You will benefit from the academic expertise of IAE lecturers;
  • You will be awarded a degree from IAE d’Amiens;
  • 90-100% pass rate.

The MAE is offered between years 4 and 5 of the Agricultural Engineering program, overlapping between semester 2 of year 4 and semester 1 of year 5. You will be asked to pay an additional fee to cover registration fees and logistics costs.

Admission in year 1

You are eligible for admission as a 1st year student in Agricultural Engineering if:

  • You have a French baccalauréat S or STAV
  • You are enrolled in your 1st year of university and have not passed the year
  • You have successfully completed a one-year scientific refresher course

Number of places offered: 150

 

Admission in years 2, 3 or 4

You are eligible for admission to the Agricultural Engineering program if:

  • You have passed your 1st year of: a BCPST (biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences) preparatory course; a Biology Licence, a Biological Engineering DUT (2-year undergraduate diploma), a Science BTS (2-year technical diploma), a licence professionnelle (professional licence) or a Master’s.
  • You have a diploma (BTS, DUT, licence) or are eligible for admission to engineering colleges after your BCPST preparatory course.
  • You passed/failed L1 PACES (1st common year of medical studies).
  • You have a different profile. Check whether your background makes you eligible for our B.S./M.S. program in Agricultural Engineering.

Number of places offered:

  • 2nd year:
  • 3rd year: 45 (including 20 for the Agricultural Engineering apprenticeship program)
  • 4th year: 20 (including 10 for the Agricultural Engineering apprenticeship program)

2015 – 2016 tuition fees

€5,165 annual tuition.

 

2015 – 2016 general expenses

€1,229 for students living on campus and €819 for others.
General expenses cover the cost of providing teaching facilities outside of teaching hours, as well as non-academic and other services offered to students, such as the laundromat, maintenance of sports facilities and the university dining hall.

2015-2016 accommodation and food services

Monthly rent ranges from €365 to €483 for student accommodation. Rooms on campus are eligible for housing allowance (ALS or APL) amounting to €99 to €225 per month.

Rents are billed over a 10-month period.
A basic meal in 2014 cost €3.20. Breakfast is included in general expenses.
Financial aid
There are several types of financial aid available.

Courses are taught in a variety of approaches, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, independent study and projects.

Courses are split into Teaching Units, encompassing a number of modules. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are assigned to each Teaching Unit.

 

Evaluation methods

You are evaluated throughout the year on a continuous assessment basis. Assessment may take the form of a random test, examination, personal or group assignment.

ECTS credits for a Teaching Unit are awarded when the semester average is above or equal to 10/20 and the grade for each module is higher than 7/20. Retake sessions are organized at the end of each semester.

Potential careers
Agro-resources and agricultural industries

Head of green chemistry in industry

Plant and animal breeder

Procurement/collection manager

Cooperative director

Biofuels coordinator

Farm manager

Head of agronomy department

Environment and planning

Environment manager

Collection manager for a waste recycling company

Wind energy project manager

Impact assessment study coordinator

Eco-advisor

Asset manager

Director of regional nature reserve

Hydraulics engineer

Test lab manager

Food industry

Research & Development engineer

Marketing director

Quality manager

Head of production

Mass retail store manager

Logistics manager

Regional import/export manager

Agri-food sales and marketing engineer for intermediate and consumer goods

Mass retail fresh produce buyer

Advertising and sales promotion manager

Market research officer in a research firm

Agro-business

Business adviser

Credit analyst

Bank account manager

Research coordinator

Agricultural commodities trader

Agri-supplies technical and sales engineer

Agri-information technician

Administrative and financial manager