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Montpellier SupAgro
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2, place Pierre Viala

Hérault, Occitanie

34060 CEDEX 2

School typeFrench public institution devoted to higher education and research in Agriculture, Food and Environment
DirectorAnne-Lucie Wack

Montpellier SupAgro is a French public institution devoted to higher education and research in Agriculture, Food and Environment. Montpellier SupAgro is widely open to international issues and partnerships, with specific focus and expertise on southern and Mediterranean areas. It trains students in most of the agronomy and life sciences fields. It is part of Agropolis Fondation. The Montpellier INRA research center is also located on la Gaillarde campus.[1]


The École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier was founded in 1848.

From 1842 to 1853, Césaire Nivière was the first director of the precursor to the school, L’Institut de la Saulsaie, set up on his own land in Montluel. 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.

From 1881 to 1897, Gustave Foëx was director of the school. He was also a professor of viticulture 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 1980s, 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.

Education programmes[edit]

Montpellier SupAgro offers students and professionals two engineering courses (Master level) and a wide range of programs following the European LMD framework (Bachelor, Master/Advanced Master, PhD).

Engineering training[edit]

Montpellier SupAgro proposes an engineering training programme (Master level) offering dual specializations:


It proposes also a wide range of international master’s and master’s programmes in partnership with the University of Montpellier.

  • International Master “Agronomy and Agrifood Science” (Master 3A) with 9 specializations:
    • AgroDesign
    • Environmental management of tropical ecosystems and forests (GEEFT)
    • Markets, organization, quality, services and policies in southern agriculture (MOQUAS)
    • Resources, agricultural systems and development (RESAD)
    • Plant Health
    • Selection and evolution of Mediterranean and tropical plants (SEPMET)
    • Soil (SOL)
    • Livestock farming systems
  • Vinifera EuroMaster - Vine and wine sciences
  • Agris Mundus - Master of Science Sustainable Development in Agriculture
  • PlantHealth European Master
  • M.Sc Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution with two specializations:
    • DARWIN
    • EcoSystems
  • M.Sc Biology Agrosciences with two specializations:
    • Science and processing of agro-resources for the alimentation and the environment
    • Interactions Micro-organisms/Hosts/Environment
  • Master Water Sciences
    • Water and society
    • Water and agriculture
  • Master of Economics of Environment, Transport and Energy, Specialization Economics of agricultural development, environment and food
  • Master Marketing & Sales with two specializations:
    • Wine marketing
    • Agrifood marketing and sales via work-study

National Œnology Diploma[edit]

Postgraduate specialist diploma[edit]

Advanced masters®[edit]

PhD programme[edit]

  • At Montpellier SupAgro, the training of PhD students is carried out in close cooperation with other universities and research organizations in and around Montpellier.



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