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Master in Agricultural Bioengineering

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in Agricultural Bioengineering

This formation is taught in french.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Agricultural Bioengineering
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-IRBA
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Brussels School of Engineering
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Agronomy and bioengineering
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Plaine
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering
  • Jury President
    Charles DE CANNIERE
  • Jury Secretary
    Nicolas VEREECKEN

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General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Plaine

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
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Presentation

The training meets the growing requirements of society, which are reflected in the constant expansion of bioengineering applications. The study programs are rooted in the field of environmental management, agro-ecosystems and all the living-based industrial activities.

The highly multidisciplinary training allows students to develop their creativity and versatility to become operational in various jobs related to engineering and to life sciences.

The Master in agricultural Engineering focuses on natural resources management in order to reconcile conservation and production of a variety of biomasses. It refines knowledge about the functioning of living matter at organisation levels in between those of organisms and the entire biosphere. It helps to develop or enhance the following skills:

  • Designing innovative scientific and technological solutions.

  • Leading scientific research in the field of agricultural sciences.

  • Skills concerning measur

ement, analysis and diagnostics for an operational and sustainable implementation of the proposed solutions to solve a complex engineering problem.

In addition, the Master promotes the development of the students’ personality (their ethical commitment) and their preparation for responsible citizenship, by allowing them to get involved into decision-making processes of the ULB and the EIB.

ement, analysis and diagnostics for an operational and sustainable implementation of the proposed solutions to solve a complex engineering problem.

In addition, the Master promotes the development of the students’ personality (their ethical commitment) and their preparation for responsible citizenship, by allowing them to get involved into decision-making processes of the ULB and the EIB.

The program is divided between compulsory courses, optional courses and internships. It encourages the student to switch between different ways of learning: through lectures, exercises and practical laboratory works or personal projects. In the first year of the Master, one half of the teaching is divided into exercises, practical work, visits and personal work, the other half is devoted to theoretical courses.

In the second year of the Master, learning is reinforced by the Master’s Thesis (25 ECTS) which is a thorough research work and by a 12-week internship (15 ECTS). These modules represent almost 60% of the academic year program.

The studies leading to the academic degree of Master in Bioengineering provide students with a unique versatility which rests on the acquisition of general scientific bases in combination with engineering techniques. This versatility facilitates the development of of the capacity to integrate multidisciplinary concepts for a comprehensive approach to complex problems and the development of sustainable solutions.

In addition to the general training, the Masters in Bioengineering provide more specific training in three major directions that reflect the main areas of bioengineering activities: agricultural sciences, chemistry and bio-industries, environmental science and technology.

The bioengineer trained at the ULB enjoys a unique interfaculty environment in a multidisciplinary university located in the capital of Europe, near the European institutions. The combination of the Faculty of Sciences and the Brussels School of Engineering is a genuine asset to enhance the versatility of the training.

The Master in Agricultural Engineering at ULB is transverse (not favoring a particular discipline but focused on the links across disciplines). More specifically, it is very open to social sciences in order to take into account a plurality of societal dimensions of natural resource management.

de more specific training in three major directions that reflect the main areas of bioengineering activities: agricultural sciences, chemistry and bio-industries, environmental science and technology.

The bioengineer trained at the ULB enjoys a unique interfaculty environment in a multidisciplinary university located in the capital of Europe, near the European institutions. The combination of the Faculty of Sciences and the Brussels School of Engineering is a genuine asset to enhance the versatility of the training.

The Master in Agricultural Engineering at ULB is transverse (not favoring a particular discipline but focused on the links across disciplines). More specifically, it is very open to social sciences in order to take into account a plurality of societal dimensions of natural resource management.

The Interfaculty School of Bioengineering has academic and industrial partnerships at national and international levels that allow student exchanges (Erasmus and internships), the intervention of industry specialists as part of the courses, the organization of site visits and research collaborations. In the Master in Agricultural Bioengineering, this means many Master’s theses are carried out abroad and / or in collaboration with NGOs and agricultural and ecological research institutes working for the common good. The students are very interested in international development cooperation.

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Programme

The Master in agricultural Engineering is based on the study and management of temperate and tropical agro-ecosystems. It aims to provide students with the essential tools for the ecological characterization of natural and man-made environments. It also teaches the principles of sustainable management of these environments. In this way, this master combines conservation and production aspects because the responsible management of any agro-ecosystem requires perfect knowledge of its ecology. An important place is logically given to agroecology whose foundations are already set up during the bachelor. In the first part of the MA, the focus is on sciences and technologies dedicated to agronomy and ecology. It also allows students to develop personal skills through a Master’s thesis and a long-term internship in an industrial or academic context. This master provides access to the third cycle (doctorate).

What's next ?

Prospects

The training leads to many application areas. Biotechnology industries, environmental management, agriculture and land use planning are sectors in which bioengineer are in high demand and where the profession is experienced as very fulfilling. S(h)e will work for instance in companies, government (national and international) agencies, design offices and consultancies but also in teaching and research.

The studies leading to the academic degree of Master in Bioengineering comply with the legislation on access to the profession and give the holder the professional title of Bioengineer.

The agricultural bioengineers (agronomists) are trained to evolve in a variety of work environments related to natural resources management and sustainable production of a diversity of biomasses (human food but also fodder, timber, fibre, fuel, etc.). They are employed both in private companies and in a variety of government departments, both local and international (relevant exemples

are the Belgian Technical Cooperation and the European Commission), in design offices, NGOs and international agencies such as FAO.

are the Belgian Technical Cooperation and the European Commission), in design offices, NGOs and international agencies such as FAO.