Master of Agricultural Science

The Agricultural Science program at ISA Lille meets the current and future needs of companies, public authorities and research laboratories by training future managers and scientists benefiting from French and European expertise in the fields of:
  • livestock housing, nutrition and production,
  • crop systems modelling, protection and management,
  • smart farming and new technologies in agriculture.

The Future of Farming

The Agricultural Science program at ISA Lille meets the current and future needs of companies, public authorities and research laboratories by training future managers and scientists benefiting from French and European expertise in the fields of:

• Livestock housing, nutrition and production,
• Crop systems modelling, protection and management,
• Smart farming and new technologies in agriculture.
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Course Objectives

First, the fundamental objective of this program is to have a general overview of Agricultural Science. Courses range from food chain theory and crop management to livestock and plant production. Although this general approach is taught through its technical and scientific aspects, it is also crucial to include economic, sociological and ethical aspects to comprehend the notion of sustainability in agricultural. Most of all, the Agricultural Science program gives students:

• An international view of the issue of agriculture, highlighting certain national and/or regional specificities,
• The necessary tools to manage crop and livestock production;
• The necessary tools to manage agricultural processes, from ruminant nutrition to distribution channels
• A practical view of site management, thanks to lectures and seminars by experts in the field;
• The methods to manage projects within an international context, with multicultural staff.

Project-Based Learning

Learning to work in a team and manage complex projects is an essential skill for any engineer. Therefore, one day every week is dedicated to group projects, supervised by a Professor and a representative from the agricultural industry or a partner company. These projects allow students to apply their technical knowledge to real-world issues faced by our industry partners.

Examples of projects: 

  • Optimization of plant cover properties using satellite imagery: New Technologies in Agriculture, 2017 Farming By Satellite 1st Prize Winner 
  • Effect of the type of loose-housing system on dairy cow behavior and step activity 
  • Agriculture and Development of Plants for Medicinal Purposes 
  • Urban Farming and Hydroponics 
  • Conversion of Farms from Conventional to Organic Farming Systems 

Admissions

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Life Sciences (Agriculture, Food Science, Biology, or related field)
  • B2 level in language of instruction (French or English) certified by an official test score (DELF, DALF, French Bac, TOEFL IBT 80, TOEIC 785, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent), except students from countries where the desired language of instruction is an official language.
  • French is NOT required for admission to English-taught programs, but is highly recommended

If you meet the above requirements, please follow the application procedure explained here.

Master’s Program

French-Taught Courses
Projet en agriculture6 ECTS
Agronomie appliquée aux grands cultures3 ECTS
Métiers de l'agriculture et de l'agrofourniture6 ECTS
Politiques agricoles et modèles sociaux de production3 ECTS
Industrie de l'alimentation animale et nutrition des monogastriques3 ECTS
Agriculteurs en difficulté3 ECTS
Projet en agriculture6 ECTS
Gestion de la santé animale en élevage3 ECTS
Sélection et reproduction animale3 ECTS
Expérimentation végétale3 ECTS
Agronomie tropicale6 ECTS
Bioagresseurs3 ECTS
Specialization: Agribusiness30 ECTS
End-of-Study Internships
Six-month professional experience
Thesis Report and Oral Defense
30 ECTS

Research in Animal Science

ISA Lille's CASE (Comportement Animal et Systèmes d'Élevage) research unit performs scientific and applied research on the behavior and welfare of livestock (cattle, pigs, poultry).
Learn More about CASE

Research in Plant Biotechnology

BioGAP is ISA Lille’s plant biotechnology research unit, specializing in pathogen management in agriculture, most notably septoria diseases, important foliar diseases of winter wheat worldwide.
Learn More about BioGap

Internships 

As with all programs at ISA, students will spend 40% of their studies in internships. These periods of professional immersion, carried out either in France or abroad, in a company or a laboratory, expose students to the reality of the professional world. 

Examples of our students’ internships:  

  • Feasibility study of conversion to organic farming
  • Replacement of pesticides by agroecological alternative solutions
  • Links between animal feeding and meat quality 
  • Drone imagery in experimental agriculture 
  • Dairy cow welfare research  

Careers

Thanks to our project-based pedagogy and extensive professional experience, ISA Alumni are ready to join the global workforce even before they graduate. Indeed, 90% of ISA Alumni are employed within 6 months of graduating. Our alumni go on to work in diverse fields: Sales, Marketing or Technical positions, Service in agriculture (insurance companies, audits, consulting) as well as in Research and Development in technical and research institutes, Project management at regional or national levels (professional organizations). 

  • ISA Lille is part of a corporate network gathering more than 200 companies. 
  • ISA’s Company and Career Days, organized every year, are good opportunities for students to meet representatives of our partner companies and exchange on internships and job opportunities. 
  • ISA Graduates work in diverse fields: Sales, Marketing or Technical positions, Service in agriculture (insurance companies, audits, consulting) as well as in Research and Development in technical and research institutes, Project management at regional or national levels (professional organizations). 

Examples of Our Alumni’s Positions 

  • Agricultural Manager – Tereos, France 
  • Project Manager – Synelia, France 
  • Agronomist Manager – BelTrufSmak, Belarus 
  • Dairy Farming Consultant – Avenir Conseil Elevage, France 
  • Ecologist – Ecology and Infrastructure International, Australia 
  • Research Engineer for AgriBioPom project – ISA Lille, France 
  • CEO Global Healthcare / CEO Global Seniors – Sodexo, United States
  • Co-Founder – Poulehouse, France 
  • Sorghum Agrobiodiversity Researcher – CIRAD, Burkina Faso
  • Global Procurement Manager for Europe – Tate & Lyle Sugars, United Kingdom  
Contacts
Head of Agricultural Department
Bertrand Vandoorne
Academic Advisor
Hélène Leruste
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