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Information Technology in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science (M.Sc.)




Agriculture and also environmental protection are becoming increasingly digital. Applied informatics is used to analyse, evaluate and optimise primary agricultural production and its impact on the environment. Major ecological and economic challenges are at stake. How can resources be used efficiently and thus conserved? How can environmental protection and value creation be reconciled? How can the quality of food be increased through precise technologies? How can we meet our social responsibility and do business sustainably with the help of innovative IT solutions? This is where IT talents with digital competence are needed.

The Master's programme in Information Technology in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences combines the basic knowledge specific to agriculture and the environment from the Bachelor's programme with broad training in computer applications. The programme is aimed at students who enjoy computer science and are open-minded about digitalisation and modern agriculture. You have already acquired basic knowledge of agricultural and environmental sciences through your Bachelor's degree and you want to contribute to sustainable, digitised agriculture and use the digital components of environmental sciences to safeguard natural resources.


You can find more information about the admission requirements under the tab "Application".

You will learn to analyse data, create predictive models, simulate processes and use large amounts of data for optimisation with the help of new technologies.

Teaching and research is conducted in the areas of:

  • Geoinformation systems
  • Precision Farming
  • remote sensing
  • Big Data and Data Sciences
  • Computer-aided planning of breeding programmes in plant and animal breeding
Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme


Composition of degree programme

The course of studies is composed of 20 modules:

  • 8 core modules (mandatory) with in each case 6 credit points,
  • 8 specialisation modules (non-mandatory) with in each case 6 credit points,
  • a written Master's thesis (equivalent to 4 modules = 24 credit points).

Half the taught modules are mandatory (core modules) the other half of the modules can be selected from all the courses offered by the department or partially by other departments in the JLU (specialisation modules).

Specialisation is possible through the selection of the profile modules. The course of study has been successfully completed when all modules have been successfully passed.



  • Applied Statistics
  • GIS-Project for Landscape Structure Analysis
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Smart Farming
  • Information Technology I
  • Information Technology II
  • Basics of Programming with Python
  • Introduction to Databases


By choosing certain profile modules, the following specialisations shown in the Master's certificate can be acquired:

  • IT in plant breeding
  • IT in animal breeding
  • IT in Agricultural Economics
  • IT in landscape ecology



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



Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester


Entrance requirements

The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant subject profile.
Relevant Bachelor degree courses of a German university are:

  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Organic Farming
  • Geoecology
  • Agriculture
  • Renewable raw materials and bioenergy
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Sciences

In the context of the application and admission process the Examination Board may recognise other final degrees as equivalent on a case-to-case basis.



Application for admission and registration

  • The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited internally by the university.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th January for the summer semester and 15th July for the winter semester. More on this...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options


Professional fields

Information technology now plays an important role in the agricultural and environmental sciences. Career opportunities arise, for example, in data analysis in plant protection or fertilisers, in automated data collection procedures on combine harvesters or other agricultural machinery. Potential employers include service providers for breeding, production and marketing in agriculture. Within the environmental sciences, occupational fields can be found in the area of remote sensing by means of geographical information systems, which build on environmental science principles and data science, or as environmental officers in companies, research institutes, universities and authorities.



Doctoral Studies at JLU

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Information offered by faculty 09 about doing your doctorate

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Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


Information for incoming students

Information and consultation


Further Information

Further Information: Documents

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Subject Advisor
Prof. Dr. Matthias Frisch

Prof. Dr. Matthias Frisch

Institute of Plant Production and Plant Breeding II
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26
35390 Gießen

Phone: 0641 - 99 37541
Consultation hours: by arrangement

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