Master Program in Crop Protection

Duration (in semesters): 2 Years

Credits (per semester): 17

Objectives (around 150 words):

Low crop yield in Mozambique and several countries in Sub Saharan Africa is in part due to the crop loss during the production process and after crop harvest. The main drivers of these losses are pests and diseases with an average of 50% total crop loss in the country (Mozambique). The incidence of pests and diseases is in part due to climate changes and poor agricultural practices. In order to address this problem, the government of Mozambique has been implementing plans and strategies including green revolution strategy and the strategy for food production. Within these strategies, pests and disease management are stressed focusing on development of human capacity to deal with these issues. Consequently, the government has created various agricultural colleges in the country. However, these colleges have limited human resources. This curriculum comes to fulfil the government need in training Mozambicans and other scientists in the region in the area of crop protection.

Structure and content:

The Master programme in crop protection takes 2 years to be completed. The first year is reserved for class work with 12 disciplines and the second year is reserved for the preparation and completion of Master’ thesis research and submission. The subject covered includes pest and disease management, plant pathology, pesticide toxicology, weed management, among others.

The distribution of the courses per semester is indicated below.

Year 1
Course subjects
Core Courses  
Year 1: Semester 1; Trimester 1 Applied statistics
  Research methods
  Insect Ecology
  Pesticides Toxicology
  Seminary I
Year 1: Semester 1; Trimester 2 Research methods
  Advanced weed control
  Advanced Plant Pathology
  Pest Risk Assessment
  Seminary II
Year 1: Semester 2; Trimester 3 Research methods
  Integrated Pest Management
  Optional 1
  Optional 2
  Seminary III
Year 1: Semester 2; Trimester 4 Project Simulation I
Year 2  
Semester 1 Dissertation (Research work)
Semester 2 Dissertation (Submission and Defence)
Total Credit Units 120

List of Optional disciplines

  • Seed Health and Post-Harvest
  • Biological Control
  • Epidemiology and Plant Disease Management
  • Weed Ecology

Assessment and grading of courses: The evaluation of students is based on the rules and procedures in force in the EMU (Pedagogic Regulation and Post-Graduate Regulations).Assessment of student academic progress is based on the National Academic Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (SNATCA) (a unit of credit corresponds to 30 normative hours). The candidate should get a total of 120 credits to complete the course and be able to graduate. The academic credits are distributed among the disciplines in the first year (60 credits) and thesis in the second year (60 credits).

The students evaluation is based on examination, seminaries, reports of field work and laboratory experiments which may include students presentations and thesis presentation. The evaluation is quantitative based on the scale of 0 to 20 marks. A student completes the MSc degree if the course evaluation is equal or greater than 14 marks.