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MSc Agricultural Economics

Duration: 2 Years

 

Objectives: The Mozambican agricultural sector has been experiencing low performance. For example, cereal crop yield such as maize ranges from 300 to 800 kg/ha.This low performance is mainly due to climate change, smallholders’ limited knowledge regarding allocation of scarce resources, and accessibility to agricultural markets. This is also the case with several other countries with the SADC region and Mozambican government is keen to champion change in agricultural sector through human resource capacity building to generate a critical mass of cadres who will drive the process of transformation. The objective of the Masters Program in Agricultural Economics is to build a pool of MSc level graduates who will support the regional agricultural sector with relevant policy analysis, natural resource economics and agricultural markets research.

 

Structure and content

Master program in Agricultural Economics is designed to take 2 years. The first year is reserved for coursework with 12 disciplines and the second year is entirely dedicated for the preparation and completion of Master’s thesis. Depending on each orientation, the subjects covered in general include economics (macro and micro), quantitative methods, natural resource economics, agricultural markets, policy analysis and farm management. The assessment methods consist on written examinations, written reports, and presentations among others.

 

Study plans for the Masters Programs in Agricultural Economics: Agribusiness Orientation

Year Term Course Hours Credits
Contact Weekly IS Total
Applied Statistics 44 4 68 112 4
Research Methods 33 3 51 84 3
I Microeconomics 44 4 68 112 4
Macroeconomics 44 4 68 112 4
Seminars I 22 2 34 56 2
Sub-total 187 17 289 476 17
Research Methods 33 3 51 84 3
Financial and Risk Analysis 44 4 68 112 4
1 II Management of Agricultural Business 44 4 68 112 4
Econometrics 55 5 85 140 5
Seminars II 11 1 17 28 1
Sub-total 187 17 289 476 17
Research Methods 22 2 34 56 2
Management of Business Operations 44 4 68 112 4
III Optional I 44 4 68 112 4
Optional II 44 4 68 112 4
Seminars III 33 3 51 84 3
Sub-total 187 17 289 476 17
IV Project Simulation 150 30 102 252 9
Total Year 1 711 969 1680 60
2 Option I: Master’s Thesis 1680 1680 60
Option II: Optional courses (30 credits)Project Simulation II (30 credits) 60
Total Year 2 60
TOTAL

 

Learning outcomes

The Mozambican agricultural sector has been experiencing low performance. For example, cereal crop yield such as maize ranges from 300 to 800 kg/ha.This low performance is mainly due to climate change, smallholders’ limited knowledge regarding allocation of scarce resources, and accessibility to agricultural markets. This is also the case with several other countries with the SADC region and Mozambican government is keen to champion change in agricultural sector through human resource capacity building to generate a critical mass of cadres who will drive the process of transformation. The objective of the Masters Program in Agricultural Economics is to build a pool of MSc level graduates who will support the regional agricultural sector with relevant policy analysis, natural resource economics and agricultural markets research.

 

Recognition and accreditation

University Senate, 2011

 

Tuition Language

Portuguese / English