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Master Research Unit Agrofood Systems for the MSc Environment and Natural Resources

Are you interested in sustainable food production and distribution? The MRU Agrofood Systems allows you to participate in creating solutions to current challenges.

This specialisation is focused on issues of great social relevance: What form must agricultural production and the food production supply chain take in the future in order to safeguard the food supply of the population, without destroying their own production bases? Methods and procedures are needed that enable a shift towards productive, sustainable and simultaneously more resource efficient agriculture. In addition to examining solutions, the Agrofood Systems specialisation involves studying and researching related socio-economic conditions and developments.


As a Master of Science ZFH in Environment and Natural Resources specialising in Agrofood Systems, you will:

  • know the requirements of sustainable food systems in terms of food security, rural development and resource conservation.
  • be able to analyse the importance of agriculture for rural development as well as its interactions with other fields (nature conservation, landscape, tourism) in Switzerland and abroad, and develop optimisation strategies.
  • identify sustainability conflicts within the food value chain and design solutions for sustainable production and supply chains.
  • be familiar with tools for controlling food production and consumption systems (sensitisation and communication); you will be able to estimate and analyse their effects.

Master's thesis

As part of your Master's thesis, you will develop your own ideas and concepts to solve scientific challenges. This will enable you to tackle complex issues independently in your future professional life. You will be able to apply and develop scientific methods, even in new or multidisciplinary contexts.

You will write your Master's thesis within your chosen research unit. The content of the thesis can be adapted to your interests and the current project status. The following selection in German and English gives an insight into the possible subjects