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Designs of AgriFood and Ecological Systems

What will robots on the farm of the future look like? And how can smart ecoducts facilitate the movement of wild animals? Answers to these questions will be provided by EngD students of the Designs for Agrifood & Ecological Systems of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). A post-masters course specifically focussed on designing for a sustainable future.

This programme has a focus on (technological) design in industry and/or society and will provide you with the scientific background, design skills and personal development required to become one of the senior (technical) managers of the future.

You will be able to create high-value, creative, and innovative designs to improve sustainability in an independent and multi/interdisciplinary way under the supervision of the university and experts outside academia. The final result will be a design that will, directly or indirectly, contribute to increasing the sustainability of agri- or horticulture, livestock farming, or the living environment in general.

Programme Overview 

The programme is tailor made and drawn up in close consultation with external organisations. The programme offers academic research and design in a professional context by combining a training  component (48 - 60 EC) and a supervised design assignment (60 - 72 EC). In the first year the emphasis will be on the course component. The amount of time spent on the design assignment will increase over time.

Graphic about time spent during the postmaster track

The courses in the educational component help you to strengthen your professional and scientific development by providing the necessary background needed for the design assignment. In the design assignment, you will spend your time working on a challenging and innovative (technological) design project. You will transfer the knowledge gained into innovations in industry and society. Throughout the project, you will be supervised by university staff and specialists from outside academia. This ensures support in the areas of scientific knowledge, practical design and project management.

The designer programme is open for a wide range of (technical) MSc graduates. Pivotal is that you have the right background for the specific design project, you have demonstrated affinity with (technological) designs and your intrinsic motivation.

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