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Parcours Systèmes d'élevage

Second year of Master (M2, Semesters 9 & 10) - Master of Science 2

International Master “Agronomy and Agrifood Science” (Master 3A)

Specialization Livestock farming systems

Update : 05/04/2020

A unique training programme on livestock farming and pastoralism relying on recognized international research and development networks

What type of training ?
une formation diplômante, sous statut étudiant

For who ?
étudiant titulaire d'un diplôme français, étudiant international, Professional

Where ?
Montpellier SupAgro


Train managers and researchers engaged in ecological intensification and livestock farming development to innovate and address the following issues:

  • improve animal production, especially in marginal or tropical areas
  • optimize the management of farms and the organization of product chains
  • achieve the sustainable use of resources (land, water, capital, labour) at the country scale


  • agrifood, food science, nutrition, process engineering
  • agriculture and rural development, farms and farm organizations
  • lifestock systems, pastoralism
  • markets, sectors and agricultural and agrifood companies
  • Mediterranean and tropical countries
  • agricultural and environmental policies
  • natural resources, environment, territories
  • Programme

    Number of ECTS credits : 60

    Language of instruction : In French

    The Livestock farming systems specialization provides biological, technical and socio-economic knowledge on different forms of livestock farming, ranging from intensive livestock farming in integrated sectors to mobile pastoral systems.

    It also trains students in methods for approaching livestock farming, with particular emphasis placed on the systemic approach, a combination of scales of analysis, field data collection and modelling.

    The following subjects are addressed:

    • Livestock systems around the world
    • Pastoralism
    • Livestock farming and territory
    • Hygiene and veterinary health
    • Intensive livestock farming in the South

    Part of the curriculum is devoted to the preparation of a literature review and the construction of a research project, basic elements necessary for the pursuit of a PhD. A large part of the training is devoted to individual and team work that lead to presentations and debates.

    Master thesis

    The master’s thesis accounts for half of the training programme in the 2nd year, M2 (6 months, 30 ECTS, compulsory). It is based on a 5-6 month internship in a research institution, association or private company in France or abroad. Such experience is intended to reinforce the skills acquired during the first semester and to develop new ones, related to the professional environment (themes and methods) faced by the student, and to the type of livestock farming activities and/or territories investigated.

    Many internship offers come through the teaching team’s network. Internship topics chosen by students in previous years have included:

    • Animal feed and digestion
    • Animal health
    • Pastoralism
    • Analysis of agricultural practices
    • Quality of animal products
    • Impact assessment of environmental factors
  • Admission

    International students holding at least a M1 in biology or agricultural sciences, or a diploma in veterinary science.

    Selection: Candidates are selected based on their previous academic results, their international or work experience and their motivation, according to the places available.


  • Careers

    • Livestock development project manager: working to develop animal production sectors (structuring of support services, technical and economic support, sector economics, quality and safety...) or a territory (local development, animal biodiversity, management of grazing resources, relations between livestock farming and intensification...)
    • Manager in a company supplying products (veterinary products, feed, genetics, breeding equipment...) or services (expertise, care, advice...) in the livestock sector
    • Officer in a government livestock ministry (policy, standards and regulations, monitoring-evaluation, statistics...)
    • Employee of a professional agricultural organization
    • Director of a production unit
    • Teacher or trainer (professional, technical, secondary, higher education programmes)
    • Researcher or lecturer in research institutes or agricultural science and veterinary schools, usually after a PhD thesis

Director of studies


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala


Key features

  • Scientific environment recognized in France and internationally
  • Active training with an emphasis on the field: meetings, interviews and surveys of livestock farmers, researchers and other livestock professionals
  • Realization of a literature review on a subject in which the student is interested
  • Learning or building skills in project management


  • Complete programme (M1 + M2): €10,500 for the two years (M1: €5,500 and M2: €5,000) + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee
  • Direct admission in the 2nd year (M2): €5,700 + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

Pay CVEC online


L'institut Agro | Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier - France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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