Study programme INTER-EnAgro

INTER-EnAgro

Environment, agriculture and resource management (INTER-EnAgro)

University graduate study programme

The graduate study programme INTER-EnAgro offers theoretical and practical knowledge targeted at sustainable use and management of natural resources such as soil and water as well as positive and negative effects of human activities, primarily agriculture, on these resources. The programme is designed as a continuation of undergraduate studies and enables continuation of studies at the postgraduate level.

Scientific area of the study programme

Biotechnical sciences

Duration of the study programme

The study program lasts 2 years with a study load of 120 ECTS

Curriculum structure

  • 1st semester: 30 ECTS, introductory and mandatory courses
  • 2nd and 3rd semesters: 30 ECTS each, advanced courses
  • 4th semester: 30 ECTS, elective courses and degree thesis

Admission requirements

The graduate study programme is open to candidates who already have a bachelor's or equivalent degree in agriculture or forestry, ecology, biology, geology, geography or other  related fields, with a minimum of 180 ECTS acquired.

Enrollment quota

20 (15 Croatia and EU + 5 non-EU)

Language of instruction

All lectures, exercises and group work are done in English. Students must have a good knowledge of English, which they have to prove by at least level B2/C1 according to the European Reference Framework or by presenting their Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English.

Learning outcomes

The graduate study programme enables students to develop and apply their knowledge, skills and competencies in the following areas:

A. Knowledge/understanding in fundamental scientific areas

  1. Master and analyze adapted interdisciplinary knowledge and demonstrate technical skills in the domain of agriculture, environmental protection and related natural, engineering and biotechnical sciences relating to theoretical and practical assessment and evaluation of biological, physical and hydrological components of the natural as well as anthropogenized, notably agricultural, environment and their interactions;
  2. Explain the theoretical bases and concepts of natural resource assessment; theoretical and practical bases for application of appropriate experimental techniques in analysis and appraisal of physical, chemical and biological components of natural and modified eco- and agro-ecosystems, their interactions,  using advanced techniques such as modeling, geostatistics, GIS and remote imaging;
  3. Critically consider the issues of balance and sustainability of agro-ecosystems and food production, food safety and resource protection, primarily soil and water; acquire practical understanding of how available research and monitoring techniques can be used for efficient planning of environmental management;
  4. Recognize and explain the principles of applying socio-economic analyses and risk assessment analyses for the environment and resource management, point out the importance of natural resources as production factors in agriculture and overall economy and explain the relationship between the environment and agriculture and ecologically acceptable policies of agricultural development.

B. Intellectual skills in fundamental and applied scientific areas

  1. Explore and critically evaluate the functioning of natural and agro-ecosystems using the interdisciplinary, holistic approach; analyze the role of edaphic, biological, climatic and hydrological factors and appraise the impact of agriculture and other anthropogenic activities upon natural resources;
  2. Explain the structure and functioning of natural and anthropogenized rural ecosystems, assess the effects of ecosystem degradation in terms of their impact on the environment;
  3. Design and implement a research project, apply appropriate analytical procedures using new methods, all based on the clear definition of the problem, posed hypothesis and adequately selected methods;
  4. Assess the sustainability of the measures applied in agriculture and environmental management systems, including techniques for the development of indicators, criteria and benchmarks (points of reference for a measurement) as well as critical thresholds; incorporate the concept of sustainable development into all phases of project implementation;
  5. Plan and define the logical framework for implementation of a developmental project, including application of modern research techniques in agriculture and environmental protection, devise an adequate experimental design, master the modeling techniques for the appertaining scientific disciplines and, finally, be able to evaluate the obtained results and present them in the form of a professional report;
  6. Recognize the basic principles underlying legislation and policies in the area of agriculture and environmental protection, other regulations and management at the international/national level.

C. Practical skills and competences

  1. Critically appraise the sustainability of the agro-ecosystem management system in terms of understanding the diversity and experiences in historical context, recognize the current needs and trends in sustainable development of rural areas, notably the role of agriculture;
  2. Understand and interpret correctly relevant data on the environment and ecology, present them pointing to the importance of particular data, using adequate statistical methods and providing evidence-based proofs for conclusions and proposed measures;
  3. Formulate and test hypotheses using logical and consistent quantitative and qualitative criteria;
  4. Discuss problems concerning agro-ecosystem management, present them in such a way as to provoke public interest in national and European development.

Employment opportunities

The study programme opens employment opportunities in areas such as developmental projects or institutions operating in the area of development, higher education, research, private entrepreneurship, counselling firms, institutions responsible for passing legal regulations and enacting them, governmental and non-governmental organizations, local, national and international institutions.

Information about application process, application deadline, documents to be submitted, tuition fees and scholarships will be anounced on www.agr.hr.

Visa and residence permit

Info at www.unizg.hr

Housing

International exchange students can choose between two housing options: living in student residence hall or private accommodation.

Info at www.unizg.hr

Living & Studying in Zagreb

Info at http://www.unizg.hr

Contacts and information

Choosing a graduate programme is an important undertaking and you may have questions that are not answered by the information provided on these webpages. If you do have a question, please contact us and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Prof. Marija Romić, PhD, study programme coordinator

Email: mromic@agr.hr
Phone: +385 1 239 4014

Ivona Filipović, MSc, IRO

Email: ifilipovic@agr.hr
Phone: +385 1 239 3611