The Master Programme: One Academic Year  (60 ECTS)

The Master provides a one-year curriculum whose main objective is to prepare students towards professional and academic careers that promote the development of organic agriculture, with a particular emphasis to Mediterranean contexts.

The programme proposes a holistic view for the organic sector development, presenting theoretical and methodological approaches to sustain transition to organic agriculture through agroecological principles, and with a perspective of sustainable food systems development. The course provides deep insights into organic farming and food regulatory frames. Special emphasis is given to the range of on-farm technologies and practices to improve soil health and fertility and manage pest and diseases. Economics and marketing issues are also presented, leading students through an understanding of sustainable food value chains.

Courses are addressed to new graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, horticultural, agricultural marketing and socio-economic issues.


At the end of the course students will have the following skills and competencies:

  • Understand the importance of sustainable production and advocate for ecologically sound solutions, at different levels;
  • Know the organic legislative and policy frameworks and how to drive farms to a transition towards organic farming and agroecological principles;
  • Know how to produce safe, high quality and sustainable organic food;
  • Understand economics and market issues, being able to analyse and design organic food value chains;
  • Learn how to facilitate multi-actors networking for the organic sector development;
  • Have expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.

For major detail download below the 2020/21 AY Master Infosheet

The levels required to apply for admission to the Master Programme are:

  • Three years of university studies (180 ECTS);
  • Four years of university studies (240 ECTS);
  • Four years out of five (240 ECTS), upon agreement between the sending University and CIHEAM Bari according to which the year attended at CIHEAM Bari is recognized as fifth year by the University of origin in order to graduate;
  • Five years of university studies (300 ECTS);
  • Professionals having a degree (3-4years) and at least 2 years of experience in a field related to the Master Programme.



The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years  (120 ECTS)

In the second year, students who have successfully completed the first year and met all the prerequisites set by the Institute, draft a thesis based on experimental research work. 

The scientific results derived from research work are usually announced on the occasion of International Conferences and/or published in scientific journals.

Topics generally available for Master of Science theses in organic agriculture are:

  • Evaluating the impact of agricultural innovation in cropping systems and soil fertility management
  • Innovative biocontrol preventive and curative strategies of new and emerging pests in Mediterranean climates
  • Quality valorisation of organic food through novel food products 
  • Sustainability of agricultural and natural systems
  • Economic and market research
  • Socio-economic impacts and impacts of support policies

During the second year, some students will be guided towards a PhD programme jointly carried out by Italian Universities and CIHEAM Bari.




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