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Tropical Agriculture

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Agricultura Tropical". Title of "mestre"

Level of qualification
2nd Cycle of Studies. EQF level 7. ISCED 2011 level 7.

Admission requirements
The holders of the licenciado degree or legal equivalent, the holders of a foreign academic degree and the holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae may apply to the 2nd cycle of studies, as stated in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
4 Semesters (2 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total Hours per week. 810 total Hours per semester (1620 per year). 120 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. It includes a scientific dissertation, a project work or a professional traineeship which is concluded with a final report comprising 42 credits.
The holders of this qualification may apply to the Order of Engineers. The professional title of Engineer is awarded by this institution, according to its internal rules.

Profile of the programme
The MSc in Tropical Agriculture is oriented to technical and scientific training in tropical agriculture Thus, the curricular contents of this Master seeks to assign skills to Master students so that they can perform technical or scientific research in tropical agriculture, or to accomplish a private activity in the primary agricultural sector.

The course is intended to provide specific expertise on growing herbaceous or woody perennial cultivated plants (inc. forage plants) in tropical environments, and in animal production and post-harvest technology in the same climatic context. It is also intended that students acquire knowledge in description and analysis methods of farming systems, plant and animal health, irrigation techniques, control and mitigation of soil erosion, Fundamentals of tropical forestry, and agricultural extension methodologies and development sustenance. Agricultural and Animal Production

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Tropical Agriculture, is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the knowledge obtained in the first cycle, in order to develop and apply that knowledge to original situations often in the context of research;
b) apply their knowledge and understanding and problem solving capacities to new and unfamiliar situations in wide multidisciplinary situations, although related to their area of studies;
c) integrate knowledge, deal with complex matters, develop solutions or put forward opinions on situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflecting upon the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from both those solutions and opinions or indeed that condition them;
d) communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning that underlay them, both to experts and non-experts, clearly and unambiguously;
e) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from self-oriented or autonomous lifelong learning.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The MSc in Tropical Agriculture intends to qualify professionals to perform agricultural activities in tropical environments. They should be able to intervene in the sectors of tropical agriculture and animal husbandry, including post-harvest technologies. The students will also be able to develop projects and research tasks and technical advice in areas of tropical macrobioclimate.

Access to further studies
The degree of "mestre" allows to proceed to 3rd cycle studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
Access and entrance into the cycle of studies leading to the master degree
Academic degrees and higher education diplomas - Decreto-Lei n. 74/2006, de 24 de Março, Artigo 17ª

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.esa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study
Full Time

Programme director
Carlos Francisco Goncalves Aguiar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Agricultural and Animal ProductionAAP85.00.0
Engineering and Similar TechniquesEST5.00.0
Food IndustriesFIN6.00.0
Forestry and HuntingFH4.00.0
Mathematics and StatisticsMAS6.00.0
Physical SciencesPS5.00.0
Social and Entrepreneurial SciencesSES4.00.0
Veterinary ScienceVS5.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Experimental Design and Multivariate AnalysisMAS6.0
11 Semestral 
Soil Fertility Management in Tropical AgroecosystemsAAP5.0
11 Semestral 
Grasslands, forages and Animal NutritionAAP6.0
11 Semestral 
Tropical Soil Science and ConservationPS5.0
11 Semestral 
Tropical ForestryFH4.0
11 Semestral 
Tropical Farming SystemsAAP4.0
12 Semestral 
Herbaceous Tropical CropsAAP5.0
12 Semestral 
Extension and Rural DevelopmentSES4.0
12 Semestral 
Tropical Fruit ProductionAAP5.0
12 Semestral 
Hygiene and Tropical Animal HealthVS5.0
12 Semestral 
Tropical Plant ProtectionAAP5.0
12 Semestral 
Tropical Products TechnologyFIN6.0
Final Project/DissertationAAP42.0
21 Semestral 
Water Relations and Irrigation in Tropical EnvironmentsEST5.0
21 Semestral 
21 Semestral 
Tropical Animal HusbandryAAP5.0


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