Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics

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Course Focus

The ARTS postgraduate study program is designed as a multidisciplinary approach to expand students’ overall background in the basic and applied management of natural resources for agricultural research and development in (sub)tropical environments. Students are trained to develop a holistic, cross-disciplinary understanding and acquire a systems’ view of structure, use, interactions, and management of natural resources. The 24-months training involves a balanced curriculum of classroom lectures, interactive seminars on current resource management issues, hands-on training in methods and research technologies, and practical field experience in the (sub)tropics. The course language is English.

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ARTS Graduates: Agri-Leaders

Graduates from the ARTS Master program are equipped with skills and tools to recognize and solve problems related to (sub)tropical resource management, thus

  • making them more effective leaders for agricultural development,
  • preparing them for agricultural and environmental research and development positions,
  • providing an entry qualification for PhD programs.

Course of Study

The M.Sc. ARTS program is designed to provide students not only with knowledge, but also with the ability to make real change. We also want to give students the opportunity to make the program THEIR master's program.
These aspirations are reflected in the curriculum. After the basics are taught and refreshed in the first winter semester, there is plenty of room for elective modules in the following summer semester. It is possible to choose between system approaches and molecular approaches to resource management. There is also a wide range of cross-cutting modules in which soft skills and advanced content are taught.
The motto of the following third semester is “from knowledge to action”, where methods and concepts are taught that help to put the acquired knowledge into practice and bring about change.
And finally, of course, there is the writing and defense of the final thesis, often preceded by field trips to (sub-)tropical regions.

The continuously updated module handbook can be found here.

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Current students


Study cohorts

Want to study with us?

Have we made you curious? Are you interested in tropical and subtropical agriculture, development cooperation or resource management?
Take a look at the following pages to see what you need to bring with you to become part of the ARTS community. You can find all the information you need to apply for a place to study here:

People in the ARTS community

Get to know the people who make our Master's program come alive. On the following pages, we introduce our students and alumni. You will also find brief information about the lecturers in the ARTS program, including their contact details. You will also find information about the people behind the ARTS program and other useful contacts for studying in Bonn.

Get in touch

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Jan Ellenberger

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Eike Lüdeling

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