The Vinifera EuroMaster program is a joint program offered by a consortium of highly reputed European institutions of higher education (Lisbon Technical University, Portugal; Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain; Montpellier SupAgro, France; consortium of the universities of Turin and Udine, Italy; Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany) who are active in the fields of viticulture, enology and wine business. The program is coordinated by Montpellier SupAgro.
The first year of study is jointly conducted in English by all partners of the consortium in Montpellier. During the second year, the master's students switch into one of the consortium members' master’s programs, according to their career objectives. All courses in the second year, with the exception of courses in Madrid, are taught in English. The Vinifera program mirrors the diversity of European viticulture and enology, and profits from the wealth of knowledge and experience of its partner institutions.
The program received Erasmus Mundus status in summer 2009. This is an EU-financed scholarship program aimed at highly-motivated Bachelor graduates from Europe and worldwide, who are to be trained to international management level for all sectors of the wine industry as well as for careers in scientific research.
|Academic degree||Master of Science|
|Degree program focus||Viticulture, Enology, Wine Business|
|Standard study period||4 semesters, thereof two at the University of Montpellier and two at another university of the consortium's partners|
|Place of study||Montpellier and one of the following: Geisenheim, Lisboa, Madrid, Turin or Udine|
|Language||lectures are mainly delivered in English language, except for Spain where teaching is entirely in Spanish|
|Start of course||Winter semester|
|Admission requirement||B.Sc. in Viticulture & Enology, Plant Production, Food Sciences or closely related areas of studies|
|Admission restriction||selection procedure|
|Degree program advice||Prof. Dr. Manfred Stoll|
The Master’s program is divided into two years of study, comprising 120 credit points (ECTS) overall. The introductory week, the lectures as well as the language training in the first year are organized and held at Montpellier Supagro, and taught by lecturers from all partner institutions.
The lecture content ranges from “Viticulture”, “Enology” and “Economics for the Wine Industry” to seminars covering scientific work (please see the Module Handbook; 1st year). The first year is completed with a 3-week module at Bordeaux Science Agro.
The second half of the program takes place at one of the partner institutes. During the third and fourth semesters, lectures, practical exercises, research projects and seminars offered by the partner institution are taken (please see the Module Handbook; 2nd year).
The Master Thesis, which can also be undertaken in cooperation with an associated partner in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South America or South Africa, completes the Master’s Program.
You will master the given tasks because:
Research at Hochschule Geisenheim University covers aspects of the entire supply chain of special crops. It ranges from the development of cultivated landscapes and regions, through scientific projects with special relevance for the cultivation of vines and other crop plants, to production and quality aspects and marketing. These research areas are therefore embedded within the context of future global challenges in the agricultural and food industry.
The Vinifera-degree program was a special opportunity for me. And that is what one should always do: seize opportunities.