Montpellier SupAgro
2, place Pierre Viala
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon
Montpellier, 34060 cedex 2

National Institute of Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences - Montpellier SupAgro - South of France

Founded in 1842

Dedicated to Education and Research in Agronomy at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level

Some History

• 1842 – 1853: Césaire Nivière became the first director of the precursor to the school, L’Institut de la Saulsaie set up on his own land in Montuel. He had visited Germany where he was inspired by the farming techniques and England where he saw techniques for water management for farmland. He was a pioneer in reducing wetlands bringing public health benefits to his area

Gustave Foex who was Director of the school from 1881 to 1897 was a professor of viticulture here from 1870 to 1896 and he created the school vineyard in 1876 to test the American vine-stock’s resistance to phylloxera. At the end of the 19th century, Montpellier was recognized to be THE European centre for studying vines, attracting both eminent researchers and viticulture specialists to the school.

• The school oriented academic course content according to the main crops and agricultural practices already existing in the South of France. Animal breeding and husbandry in harsh zones, vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves on the plains and water management for drought conditions and marshlands

• In the 80s the French government decided to relocate all its tropical and Mediterranean research units to Montpellier, united in Agropolis International. SupAgro is a founding member of Agropolis International with over 2000 researchers, other members include the CIRAD and IRD and the IAMM institute of higher education in agriculture for Mediterranean countries.

The School: Key Facts and Figures 2015

1690 Students enrolled on Degree courses

447 international students, 81 nationalities

456 Personnel including

80 Permanent teaching staff including 36 professors

345 External Lecturers

4 Education and Research Departments and 3 Institutes

22 Joint Research Units and 3 Joint Technological Units

2 Experimental Farms ‘Le Chapitre’ et ‘Le Merle’

1 Academic Foundation ‘Sup Agro Fondation’

1 Business incubator ‘Agro Valo Méditerranée’

1 Prospective Analysis Systems for Agro engineering ‘AgroTIC’

1 Expertise Team for Southern Countries ‘DEFIS’

1 Transhumance professional training centre

3 Student Halls of Residence with 635 rooms, bedsits and flats

Master of Science Level Courses - French Engineering Diplomas

Agricultural Sciences (Ingénieur Agronome - IA)

Sustainable Agricultural and Sustainable Agri-Food Systems for the South (SAADS)

Master of Science Degrees

M.Sc. Degree in Science and Technology for Agriculture, the Food Industry and the Environment

European M.Sc. Degree (Erasmus Mundus Programme)

O.I.V. International Masters Qualification

Research Oriented Master of Science Degrees

Seven joint Master of Science Degrees with Montpellier Universities

A choice of nine curricula

Courses take place in 25 countries reputed in the Wine Industry

Enrolment: specific criteria are required for direct access to ‘M2’ for International students

Executive/Honorary Master of Science Degree level

For management profiles & experts wishing to validate dual competences with a qualification

This one year course for students & professional profiles starts at: A levels + 5 years of study

3 Curricula:

1 Innovations and Public Policies for Sustainable Food (IPAD)

2 Management of Agri-Food and Biotechnology Businesses (MAEVA)

3 Local Information Systems for Land Management (SILAT)

Certified by ‘Conférence des Grandes Ecoles’

Ph.D. Doctorate Studies

A three-year thesis

Four Doctorate Schools


2 Process Sciences – Food Sciences

3 Economics and Management

4 Territories, Timescales, Society & Development

Possibility of joint accreditation with foreign partners

International Students Summer School

French language classes prior to M.Sc. courses

French immersion for 2 months in July–August

Outdoor activities with professionals in the agricultural sector

Social, cultural and team building activities

An internship on a family farm in the South of France

SupAgro Fondation Missions:

To support projects emanating from the institution

To improve course content, specific training and research in science and technology

To ensure student’s aptitude to employment in order to meet the needs of society

To strengthen European and International links

To encourage innovation, transfer of knowledge and business plans

Montpellier SupAgro Research Commitment

Joint Research Units

Numerous partners: Montpellier Universities, INRA, CIRAD, IRD, IRSTEA, CNRS, IAMM, AgroParisTech

Research Units members of Federative Institutes of Research (IFR French acronym) Coordination and ‘crossed interaction’

Technological halls, platforms and ‘Génopole’

Thematic Network of Advanced Research in Agricultural Sciences and Sustainable Development (RTRA)




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