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 

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 particularities, 
  • the necessary tools to manage crop and livestock production; 
  • the skills 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; 
  • experience managing projects within an international context, with multicultural staff. 

English-Taught Program

Master 2

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Sustainable Agriculture and Smart Farming

30

Spring Semester

End-of-Study Internship Credits (ECTS)
Six months professional experience

Written report and oral defense

30

French-Taught Program

For more details, please see our courses in French.

Master 1

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Projet en agriculture

6

Agronomie Appliquée aux grandes cultures

3

Métiers de l’agriculture et de l’agrofourniture

6

Gestion de la santé animale en élevage

3

Industrie de l’alimentation animale et nutrition des monogastriques

3

Spring Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Agriculteurs en difficulté

3

Projet en agriculture

6

Quels modèles sociaux de production en agriculture ?

3

Sélection et reproduction animale

3

Expérimentation végétale

3

Agronomie tropicale

6

Bioagresseurs

3

Master 2

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Agribusiness

30

Spring Semester

End-of-Study Internship Credits (ECTS)
Six months professional experience

Written report and oral defense

30

Projects

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:

  • 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

Contacts

Head of Department

Bertrand Vandoorne

Academic Advisor

Hélène Leruste

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. Students of ISA Lille’s Agricultural Science program learn to understand the latest issues in agriculture and acquire a work method necessary to guide both farmers and firms through ongoing change in the industry. Our graduates go on to become actors of sustainable agriculture across domains and regions.

Examples of 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

Career

Thanks to our project-based pedagogy and extensive professional experience, our graduates 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).

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