The Master Programme provides a one-year curriculum whose main objective is to prepare students towards professional and academic careers for the promotion of a sustainable use of land and water in agriculture, in view of important challenges that include water/land scarcity, population growth, climate change and correlated environmental and socio-economic burdens. A major focus will be on the application of modern technologies and tools that integrate agronomic, engineering, environmental and socio-economic aspects of land and water management in agriculture.
Candidates will follow theoretical and practical sessions that aim at framing the water and land resources management within a sustainable development perspective of agriculture and food sectors. The programme presents basic principles and advanced topics of the latest scientific and technological achievements, discussing challenges for the best exploitation of resources and options for a sustainable management at farm and large-scale level. Irrigation technologies and systems are analysed according to technical, social, economic, and environmental issues, taking into considerations the application of innovative “green” management solutions.
Courses are addressed to new graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, irrigation, agricultural engineering and socio-economic issues
At the end of the programme, students will acquire the following skills and competencies:
- treat water management issues in the context of sustainability of agriculture and food systems, taking into consideration the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, societal changes, food insecurity;
- manage water resource in a variety of agroecosystems for land conservation and increase the water use efficiency in the irrigation sector;
- use a range of alternative water resources, including saline and treated wastewater, for irrigation purposes;
- plan and evaluate irrigation projects, at farm and large-scale level to optimize water/land/nutrient use, considering societal/institutional aspects and economic criteria;
- use latest technologies and tools for a sustainable management of water resources at different scales and in different agroecosystems.
For major detail, download below the 2020/21 AY Master Infosheet
The levels required to apply for admission to the Master Programme are:
The Master of Science Programme in "Sustainable Water and Land Management in Agriculture" provides a two-year curriculum for graduates holding the title of agricultural or hydraulic engineers.
Access to the 2nd year is only guaranteed to students who have successfully completed the first year and have met all the prerequisites set by the Institute (for first year please refer to the above mentioned programme).
The 2nd year is based on the “problem solving” approach and research themes are derived from specific and relevant problems for which a practical technical solution is sought. Applied research themes and experimental works are developed. In a rigorous scientific framework, works are targeted to innovatory solutions that are feasible in the integrated land and water system they are designed for.
The main research topics for MSc theses in Sustainable Water and Land Management in Agriculture are:
During the second year, some students will be guided towards a PhD programme jointly carried out by Italian Universities and CIHEAM Bari.