AGROBIOLOGY

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

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 domestic animals, plants, the environment or food.

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 there will be good opportunities to take 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 and 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:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • 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 A, Biology A and Physics C  

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

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

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.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

1) a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below 2) other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

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 A, Biology A and Physics C  

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria. 

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

 

 

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, the structure of the degree programme 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.

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


 

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. In the course of the degree programme’s second year, you begin to create your own unique profile as you must choose one of four tracks:

Animal biology and production

Taking this track will see you work with topics such as ecology, plant health and animal welfare. The interaction between animal production, quality, health and animal welfare is central for the subjects in this track, but you also gain an insight into how competitive food production is ensured, while at the same time taking account of animal welfare.

Food quality

Health, nutrition and food are key words for the 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 production

Nature, the 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 also consider how we can utilise natural resources more efficiently, while at the same time taking environmental impact and the quality of crops into consideration. 

Agriculture and the environment

Renewable energy, the environment and agricultural production are recurring topics on this track. 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. 

Student life

Studying as an agrobiology student

Agrobiology is a degree programme that 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 course programme at 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.

This is an example of how your scheduled teaching might look during the second quarter:

Monday

09:00–11:00: General Molecular Biology (theoretical exercises)

11:00–12:00: General Molecular Biology (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Agroecology (lecture) 

Tuesday

09:00–10:00: General Molecular Biology (lecture)

10:00–15:00: Animal Anatomy and Physiology 

Wednesday

08:00–10:00: General Molecular Biology (theoretical exercises)
10:00–11:00: General Molecular Biology (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Agroecology (lecture) 

Thursday

08:00-9:00: General Molecular Biology (lecture)

09:00–14:00: Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Students: More relevant than ever

"The degree programme is more relevant than ever with its focus on food and agriculture and with the increased focus on the quality of food and food scarcity. I could definitely imagine doing a PhD in food science. I want to help save the world. Help to improve food quality and ensure that we have enough food for everyone."

Camilla Rotvel, student, Agrobiology 

Social initiatives at Agrobiology

Even though agrobiology is a relatively new and small degree programme, it has a thriving social life that also extends across the year groups. 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 the latest initiative to establish an urban garden for the students, so they can both test theories in practice and harvest their own fresh ingredients.

S. J. U.S. 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 the new students get off to a good start.

The degree programme has its own premises in the Trøjborg complex on Willemoesgade in Aarhus. There are group and individual reading rooms and a fully equipped kitchen. It is also the location for Friday bars, parties and study-related activities.

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.

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.

 

The photos belong to the users, shared with #Yourniversity, #AarhusUni and course-specific AU-hashtags.

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 in the agricultural sciences, which are a natural extension of agrobiology. 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. You have many opportunities and you can see a number of career examples in the video below. Here you can also meet three agrobiology students and hear what they think of the degree programme: