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Course organization

Master of Sciences


The MSc in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development is a cutting-edge graduate program, fully taught in English, which promotes research and professional training in the sectors of modern and sustainable agriculture, forestry, animal sciences and natural resource management. 

This degree is a peculiarity of the University of Florence, especially for the School of Agriculture, which has gradually acquired expertise and links in tropical and international relationship.

Students graduated in our MSc course have got job positions as EU or FAO expert, manager in public and private firms operating in agro-food sectors overseas, project manager for Italian Ministry, project director in several NGOs.

Articulationd of training activities and curricula

The course has a normal duration of 2 years: a first common year and second year with the possibility to choose between two curricula “Agricultural production” or “Land and Water” . Normal activity of the student corresponds to the achievement of 60 credits per year.

The students that have, however, obtained 120 credits, fulfilling all the provisions of the Regulations of the Master of Science in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development, can obtain the title even before the two-year deadline.

Credits reserved for the activities autonomously chosen by the student can also be acquired in the form of additional language skills in the Spanish, Portuguese and French languages through the acquisition of credits certified by the University. 

Final exam

The admission to the final exam require the achievement of all credits in the training activities foreseen in the study plan, except those foreseen for the final exam.

The preparation of the experimental thesis (27 credits) includes a period of work in the field and / or in the laboratory, including preferably an experience in tropical developing countries. Foreign students will normally be admitted performing their experiments in Italy.

The final product, written in English, must be characterized by a high level of originality and advanced scientific knowledge. It will be defended by an oral presentation in front of the Commission where the supervisor (and possible co-supervisors) are official members. It is requested to present the thesis in 15 minutes at once, after the invitation from the President of the Commission.

Study plan

Coorte 2022 (E28) - Agricultural Production

Coorte 2022 (E29) - Land and Water


Coorte 2023 (E28) - Agricultural Production

Coorte 2023 (E29) - Land and Water 





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