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Crop Science




The Master's programme Crop Science deals with the fundamentals and interrelationships of the production of qualitatively valuable plant feed or food as well as renewable raw materials on a national as well as on an international level. This includes questions of plant nutrition, breeding, production technology, preventive protection against diseases, the preservation and improvement of the quality of the products, as well as the adaptation of agriculture to the constantly changing climatic conditions, among other things. Teaching and research is conducted in the areas of:

  • Applied Microbiology
  • Plant cultivation and breeding
  • Plant nutrition
  • Phytopathology


Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


Accredited since September 28, 2007

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of Studies

4 semesters - 120 credit points (CP)


Composition of the study programme

The study programme is composed of 20 modules:

  • 8 core (compulsory) modules (6 CP each)
  • 8 profile (elective) modules (6 CP each)
  • a written master's thesis (equivalent to 4 modules).

Half of the course modules are mandatory (core modules), the other half can be chosen from the entire range of courses offered by the faculty and partly from other faculties at JLU (profile modules).


Specialisation is possible through the choice of profile modules. The study programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.



  • Plant breeding and seed I
  • Molecular phytopathology
  • Nutritional physiology of crop plants
  • Biochemistry in plant production
  • Applied statistics
  • Production techniques in agriculture
  • Biological and chemical plant protection
  • Sustainable agroecosystems


Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

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Courses offered in the course catalogue

Electronical course catalogue (in German)


Commencement of Studies in the Winter and Summer Semester

Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester

Application: Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Crop Science is a so-called consecutive Master's programme, therefore admission requirement is a relevant Bachelor's degree. The following Bachelor's degrees are currently considered relevant:


  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture
  • Renewable raw materials and bioresources
  • Ecological agriculture
  • Environmental management


The examination committee may recognise other degrees as equivalent within the scope of the application and admission procedure after a case-by-case examination.


  • The study program is not subject to admission restrictions.
  • The enrollment period for the winter semester begins in early June and for the summer semester in early December.
  • The end of the enrollment period is determined each year, please check the application portal during the enrollment period.

For international applicants, different rules apply in some cases. More...

Career Options

Career Options

Doctoral studies

After successful completion of a Master's degree, doctoral studies are an option. This gives you further career opportunities.

Information about doctoral studies


Information provided by the faculty

Information of faculty 09 about doctoral studies 


International - Outgoings

Stays abroad during studies (outgoings)

JLU's Faculty 09 maintains a large number of partnerships with foreign universities within the framework of the European Union's ERASMUS programme and supports students in planning and implementing stays abroad during their studies.

Partner universities (ERASMUS) of faculty 09

Information about stays abroad

ERASMUS coordinator of the faculty

Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


Stays abroad in Giessen for international students (incomings)

Information of faculty 09
Information for incoming students

Information and consultation


More Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents about the study programme

We would also be happy to send you printed copies, please use our contact form.


Examination- and study regulations

Courses offered in the course catalogue



Student Advisor

Prof. Dr. Matthias Frisch
Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung II

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26
35390 Giessen
Tel. (+49) 641 - 99 37541
Consultation hours: by appointment


Central Study Advisory

Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk