TUM in Weihenstephan offers a Europe-wide unique programn – New Master's program combines agricultural sciences with economics and politics

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Professionals in the agricultural and food sector must increasingly monitor international and interdisciplinary interdependencies. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) addresses these developments with the new AgriFood Economics, Policy and Regulation Master's degree program. Students can expect a Europe-wide unique combination of agricultural sciences, politics and economics.

  • New Master's degree program AgriFood Economics, Policy and Regulation starts in winter semester 2024/25
  • Europe-wide unique combination of agricultural policy with economics and agricultural science content
  • Diverse career prospects in agribusiness, politics, administration, associations and research

The course combines skills from the agricultural sciences and social sciences. The content ranges from natural sciences and technology to politics, management and economics. "I am delighted that we can now further strengthen the agricultural sector of the TUM School of Life Sciences with a completely new degree program - in addition to the further increase in the number of first-semester students in the winter semester and the numerous newly appointed professors," says Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Dean of the School of Life Sciences. With its broad spectrum, the English-language Master's program aims at Bachelor's graduates from agricultural and horticultural sciences as well as politics and economics. Students who wish to work in an international and interdisciplinary environment are likely to be interested in the content of the program.

Academic Program Director Prof. Johannes Sauer explains: "The agricultural and food sector increasingly faces social demands that need to be aligned with economic and ecological realities. This requires sector specialists who can develop interdisciplinary solutions and maintain an overview of all the pillars of sustainability". Basic modules in economics, politics, sustainability and new technologies in agriculture create a common knowledge base at the beginning. Depending on their individual interests and strengths, students then choose their focus in the areas of (agricultural) economics, politics, ecology or innovation. TUM's broad range of modules offers a wide variety of options.

Graduates' skills are in demand on the job market

Graduates of the Master's in AgriFood Economics, Policy and Regulation will have an understanding of the international interdependencies in which actors in the agricultural and food sector operate and will have intercultural and interdisciplinary skills. These qualifications are in demand by a large number of potential employers: in both the public and private sector and in the national as well as international labor market. These include international organizations, ministries, authorities, companies in the agricultural and food industry, consulting organizations, associations and NGOs as well as research. Dean Ingrid Kögel-Knabner emphasizes: "The graduates of this new degree programme will be in great demand internationally as experts on the social and economic implications of our agricultural production systems and will have a crucial influence on the transformation of the agricultural sector towards greater sustainability and resilience."

Applications possible from February to May

Interested students can apply from February 1 to May 31 for the winter semester 2024/25. Admission is based on an admission procedure.

Further information:

  • The AgriFood Economics, Policy and Regulation degree program starts in the winter semester 2024/25. Applications are possible from February 1. Applications for the degree program are subject to the condition that there are no objections from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.  
  • TUM School of Life Sciences brings together TUM's expertise in the field of life sciences on the modern Weihenstephan campus in Freising.  
  • Hans Eisenmann Forum for Agricultural Sciences connects around 30 agricultural science-oriented chairs at TUM. It provides a platform for communication within the university, with external partners from various areas of agricultural science and agribusiness and with society.

Contact the person responsible for the degree program:

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sauer
Technical University of Munich
Chair of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics
AgriFood Economics, Policy and Regulation


Magdalena Eisenmann
Press Officer
Tel. +49 8161 71-6127