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AGROBIOLOGY

 Focus on food production and bioenergy to develop the agriculture of the future.

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
Language
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.


At Agrobiology you work in an analytical way to find solutions for the production of the plants and animals that end as food. You focus on a sustainable interplay between nature, the environment and food quality. Agrobiology is a broad natural science education with particular focus on biology.

Studying on the Agrobiology programme

The course programme at Agrobiology combines practical work in the field and research centres with classroom teaching, laboratory work and lectures. During the first year of the degree programme you must take basic subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, statistics and molecular biology. Later on you will specialise in either Animal Science, Food Science, or Plant- and Environmental Science.

Mud, data and books

Studying agrobiology you will work with systems and finding solutions to complex problems within food production. That means getting mud under your Wellington boots, wearing a white lab coat in the laboratory, reading academic texts, and processing data. Your studies include excursions and you will have the opportunity for an internship where you can work with agrobiology in practice.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in Agrobiology, you will be qualified for a range of Master’s degree programmes. You can also work in areas such as agricultural consultancy, nature management, food inspection, teaching, or for companies and organisations in the field of agriculture and food production.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22175  

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B or
    • Chemistry B and Biology A and Physics C or
    • Biology A and Physics C and Biotechnology A

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

If there are more qualified candidates than the number of seats in quota 2, the following criteria will be included in an overall assessment of the applications:

  • Score from the admission test
  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A

And one of these combinations:

  • Physics B and Chemistry B or
  • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
  • Geoscience A and Chemistry B  or
  • Chemistry B and Biology A and Physics C
 

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor's degree programme in Agrobiology, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, how the programme is structured, and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

Specialisation tracks

The first two years of the degree programme contain a number of compulsory subjects to give you the required scientific grounding, in particular within biology. During the second year of your programme, you begin to create your own unique profile as you must choose one of the following tracks:

  • Animal Science: Taking this track you will get to work with topics such as ecology, animal health, and animal welfare. The interaction between animal production, quality, health and animal welfare is central for the courses in this track, but you will also gain an insight into how competitive food production is ensured, while at the same time taking animal welfare into account.
  • Food Science: Health, nutrition and food are key words for this track and you will work with the factors affecting food quality and the technologies that can be used to improve the level of quality and efficiency of food quality. You will also work on nutrition and how food is absorbed and affects the body.
  • Plant- and Environmental Science: Nature, environment and plant production are among the themes of this track. You will work with the interplay between crop production, quality and the environment. You will work with the expectations faced by agriculture to increase production of renewable bioenergy, while at the same time increasing food production. You will also work with the issue of how the need for increased agricultural efficiency and production can be balanced with efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

Study programme diagram

Below you can see the structure of the programme - please notice that there is a study programme diagram for each of the specialisation tracks.

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor's degree programme in Agrobiology you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


Student life

Studying as an Agrobiology student

The bachelor's programme in Agrobiology deals with applied biology. In other words, it is not a degree programme in basic biology, but rather a degree programme in the application of biology. Agrobiologists think more in terms of systems, rather than in terms of individuals, and they generally concentrate on problem solving rather than basic research.

You will come to use biology via project work at specialised research centres all over the country and during the degree programme you will take part in excursions, where you will meet the subject area at close quarters.

The academic and social aspects of Agrobiology

The course programme at Agrobiology combines classroom teaching, laboratory work and lectures for many students at the same time in large lecture halls. Studying agrobiology you should expect to have around 20-25 hours of scheduled lessons a week. You should also expect to spend around the same number of hours on preparation, writing assignments and working in study groups.

Even though Agrobiology is a relatively small degree programme, it has a thriving social life. The physical surroundings are good and there are a wealth of activities and associations run by the students themselves:

DyrkBar organises the Friday bars and the four annual parties.

aGRO-haven is an initiative to establish an urban garden for the students, so you can both experience theories in practice and harvest their own fresh ingredients.

S. J. U.S. (Society of Agricultural Students under Science) arranges study-related activities such as lectures and company visits and also aims to improve the study environment. 

The student advisor association  arranges the welcome and makes sure all new students get off to a good start.

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Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Many possible Master's degree programmes

The majority of students with a Bachelor's degree in Agrobiology choose to continue on one of the Master's degree programmes within the agricultural sciences. The most popular Master's degree programmes are Agrobiology, Agro-Environmental Management, and also Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology. 

Agrobiologists are needed

As an agrobiologist you can work within agricultural and environmental consulting, teaching, research, and in the food industry.