The growing technological complexity that characterizes modern agro-industrial production and supply chains requires professionals with strong engineering knowledge and systems skills. More than in other fields, there is a clear need for a strong multidisciplinary approach to managing technological innovation in agriculture and animal production, especially to increase the level of sustainability and ensure food safety.
The whole sector is innovating: in the last three years, for example, the average annual growth of Agriculture 4.0 in Italy was 104% (Osservatorio Smart Agrifood, 2021). While the research for more and more sustainability is creating new innovative forces. An area where the European Union is a leader.
This is the basis for the Master's Degree Course in Agricultural Engineering, taught in English at the Cremona Campus in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which aims to train engineers working in the agro-industrial sector with a systems-oriented vision, i.e. an approach to the study and implementation of application solutions based on an overall vision of the technological aspects of the supply chain elements, on the ability to model and manage the interactions between the various components, supported by basic knowledge of the sector.
The Master's Degree in Agricultural Engineering trains specialist engineers to deal with the complexity of agro-industrial supply chain systems and the interdependence of critical elements related to the safety of the agri-food system such as planning and management of production and supply chain systems, emerging production support technologies, interaction with the environment and the territory. In order to do so, the graduate uses cross-sectoral engineering skills on the system as a whole, which allow them to guide strategic choices with the support of more specialized figures, whom they do not replace.
A Bachelor Degree in Engineering or in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and Technologies
Mission and Goals
The postgraduate program in Agricultural Engineering trains engineers operating in the agro-industrial sector who possess a system vision, i.e. an approach to the study and the implementation of application solutions based on an overall vision of the technological aspects of the agro-industrial chain. The objective is to prepare culturally and professionally highly qualified technicians able to implement the available technologies to ensure the sustainability, safety, and traceability of agro-industrial productions, to design and integrate automation, to monitor agricultural robotics systems, to use Big Data analysis and Artificial Intelligence. By using these tools, the Agricultural Engineer aims at improving yields and control over safety requirements, designing intelligent irrigation systems, at reaching the optimal economic management of farms and of the connected supply chain.
Track for students coming from a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, track for students coming from a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and Technologies.
Engineering Bachelor track: Plant Physiology and Applied Agri-food Microbiology, Applied Agronomy and Biochemistry, Animal Science.
Forestry Sciences and Technologies track: Analisi II, Fisica Tecnica, Fondamenti di Automatica con Informatica (in Italian).
Both tracks: Industrial Technologies for Precision Agriculture, Control Systems for Smart Agriculture, Data Harvesting and Data Analysis for Agriculture, Control and Actuating Devices for Agriculture, Agricultural Supply Chain Management, Smart Irrigation Climate Adaptive Tools for Optimal Water Productivity, High-Tech Entrepreneurship, Environmental Engineering: Methods, Solution and Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture.
Materials for Agriculture, Technologies for Pre- and Post-harvesting, Renewable Energy Sources, Drones for Agriculture.
For students coming from Engineering degree courses
Biochimica e Agronomia Applicata
Fisiologia Vegetale e Microbiologia Agraria Applicata
For students coming from degree courses in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (or other scientific disciplines)
Fondamenti di Automatica con Informatica
Industrial Technologies for Precision Agriculture
Control Systems for Smart Agriculture
Data Harvesting and Data Analysis for Agriculture
Control and Actuating Devices for Agriculture
Agricultural Supply Chain Management
Smart Irrigation Climate Adaptive Tools for Optimal Water Productivity
Environmental Engineering: Methods, Solution, and Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture
15 ECTS credits to be chosen from the following courses
Materials for Agriculture
Technologies for Pre-and Post-harvesting
Renewable Energy Sources
Drones for Agriculture
Thanks to his solid and transversal training, the Agricultural Engineer can find employment mainly in the industry of the agricultural production chain; in engineering companies that design, develop and implement processes, plants, and technologies to support production, distribution, and marketing related to agriculture and agro-industry; in research centers and public and private laboratories; in technical structures of the public administration and in consultancy offices for the environment, safety, agricultural and livestock production.
The application for a Laurea Magistrale Program (equivalent to an MSc degree) requires only a few steps. You can apply for two Master of Science programs at the same time (1st and 2nd choice); if you are admitted to both of them you will be asked to accept the study program you prefer. Applicants of Architecture and Design will have their second choice evaluated only if not admitted to their first choice. Therefore, please select your program of preference as your first choice.
In order to start the evaluation process, you must upload all the documents required and make sure that your original academic transcripts are received by the International Admission Office within the deadline. Incomplete applications (i.e. missing/not valid documents, no matter if online/sent by post) will be automatically rejected. The International Admissions Office will consider your application only if your transcripts are received by the deadline and if your online application is complete.
In order to submit the application, all candidates are required to pay a non-refundable € 50 application fee. Detailed instructions for the payment will be available in the specific section of the application. Th application fee is mandatory, non-refundable, and cannot be waived.
Submitted applications will be assessed for admission only once the application fee payment is received.
Once admitted, in order to confirm your acceptance, you will be asked to pay an administrative fee of 172,20 €, either by credit card or by bank transfer. The administrative fee will be deducted from the second installment and will not be refunded in case of withdrawal.
Tuition fees for each academic year are divided into two installments. The first installment must be paid upon enrolment, the second within the deadlines. The due amount must be entirely paid and cannot be divided in further installments.
Tuition Fees for EEA Students
Tuition fees for EEA students range from about 895,20 € to 3898,20 € for a year.
The first installment corresponds to 895,20€.
The second installment is variable. It is calculated on the basis of family income: students will be placed in different income brackets according to the I.S.E.E. declaration.
The second installment is also based on the number of credits (C.F.U./ECTS) included in the study plan.
Students admitted on the 1st semester usually have a standard yearly study plan between 46 and 73 C.F.U., which corresponds to 100% of the tuition fees due.
Students admitted on the 2nd semester usually have a standard yearly study plan of about 30 C.F.U., which corresponds to 50% of the tuition due.
Tuition Fees For Non-EEA Students
Tuition fees for Non-EEA students correspond automatically to the full contribution of 3898,20€.
The first installment corresponds to 895,20€.
The second installment corresponds to 3003€. The sum may be adjusted according to the number of credits (C.F.U./ECTS) included in the study plan.
Students admitted on the 1st semester usually have a standard yearly study plan between 46 and 74 C.F.U., which corresponds to 100% of the tuition fees due (3003 €).
Students admitted on the 2nd semester usually have a standard yearly study plan of about 30 to 32 C.F.U., which corresponds to 50% of the tuition due (1501,50 €).