Agribusiness Development (Master)

This international professional Master programme links theory and practice. During the programme you work in your Master Company on a challenging project. You integrate the challenges of developing a business strategy with your personal development, your theoretical knowledge and your analytical skills. This professional Master prepares you for a career in the Agrifood sector as a professional who can think globally and act locally, a professional that can successfully design and implement change processes. In your Master Company you get fist-hand knowledge of working in the agribusiness context; you bring the science of life to the business of food.

Why choose this Master?

  • You will receive a state recognised Master of Applied Science
  • You gain business insight through practical experience and theoretical knowledge
  • Agribusiness needs professionals qualified in change management

 

  • What does the course involve?
  • Programme
  • Your future
  • Application deadline

General information about the Master

The professional Master Agribusiness Development is the ideal environment for you if you want to be part of the Agrifood sector. A sector that is unique in its adaptability and rapid development of new concepts. To be successful, you need to be enterprising, to be experienced in dealing with widely differing business environments, and to be sensitive to the cultures of organizations and the people who shape them. This professional Master prepares you for this context. The programme is offered by Aeres University of Applied Sciences and is open for students with a Bachelor degree related to agriculture or agribusiness. Students with a Bachelor in Business and a strong interest in agribusiness can apply as well.
The study takes twelve months in which theory and practice are integrated. In this Master programme the student works on a business assignment for a Master Company and connects this assignment to the theory and to the research thesis. There are four phases: Free Mover, Young Potential, Manager and Researcher. Each phase starts with lectures at the university in Dronten: two weeks in September, three in November, two in January/February and two in April. In combination with the introduction week at the end of August this adds up to ten weeks at the university. The other weeks are spent at your Master Company.


Which skills will you acquire? 

As a graduate of the Master Agribusiness Development, you will have excellent business insight and practice. You start your career development with a proven track record of enterprising development and a strong network. You have proven to be able to handle challenges and to implement changes.
After successfully completing this 12-month programme you will receive the professional Master degree in Agribusiness Development (MAD). This degree is a state-recognised Master of Applied Science, validated and accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation. 

For more information regarding the differences between a professional master and a university (research) master click here.

 

 

ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the EC system. Find out more about the ECTS - gids.

The study takes twelve months in which theory and practice are integrated. There are four phases in which you build a learning portfolio, and these phases are all related to the Master company where you work for the duration of the programme. The contribution you will make to the company is crucial. Your work will stimulate the development of the company with a focus on developing the business processes and operating sustainably in an international environment.

Four phases

Programme Master Agribusiness Development Aeres University

Each phase starts with lectures at the university in Dronten: two weeks in September, three in November, two in January/February and two in April. In combination with the introduction week at the end of August this adds up to ten weeks at the university.

 

The Master company

You will conduct a large part of your education at a Master companies. Examples of Master Companies where students have worked are: Friesland Campina, Kverneland, Flora Holland, Eosta, Zuidberg, Veenhuis, De Heus, ForFarmers, VNK. In the admission process you will be asked to describe your view on possible companies that will suit your interests and where you can fulfill the Master programme. 

 

Community of Practice

Together with fellow students you exchange experiences in a Community of Practice. Each of the Master companies is visited to exchange experiences with colleague Master students in the Communities of Practice. The Master student working for that company presents the business development challenges that are specific for the context of the company. Together with the University coach the context of the business and the development of the business assignment is connected to broader concepts and theoretical insights related to the tasks you have at your Master company. 

Successful graduates will be competent in the following areas of expertise:

  • Critical analysises of agribusinesses
  • Business in a global perspective
  • Design of intervention strategies
  • Applied, business oriented research
  • Leadership in the agribusiness cluster

 Future positions

You will find the graduates as either self-employed or working in a larger company in a broad range of positions, a few examples are:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business / Market Developer
  • Product Development 
  • Manager Key Projects
  • Operational Manager

The work context will often be international and intercultural.

 

>>> Read the experience report of Joost van Dijk

Application deadline is the 1st of May. Find out more about the application procedure.

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