University of Economics – Varna

Agricultural Business

Degree: Master

Type of education: Distance learning, Distance learning (January Admission)

Number of semesters: 2

Professional qualification: Economics

Professional field: ECONOMICS

First year: 2021

Duration: 1 year; 1.5 years
Language: Bulgarian
Mode of study: Full-time

Specific courses:

  • Livestock and Plant Production Technologies
  • Agricultural Business Management and Organization
  • Fundamentals of Agricultural Business

Specialized courses:

  • Agricultural Policies
  • Agricultural Marketing;
  • European Programmes and Projects in Agriculture
  • Agricultural Investment Management
  • Quality Management in Agricultural Business
  • Social Capital and Social Networks in Agricultural Business
  • Master Seminar
  • Rural Tourism (elective)
  • Markets and Trading in Agricultural Business (elective)
  • Risk Management in Agricultural Business (elective)

Expected knowledge and skills after acquiring qualification:
Graduate students gain professional competencies to plan, organize and manage production in the agricultural sector; to optimize the use of land, material, and labor resources of the companies; to carry out economic research, analyses and economic forecasts, and etc. They successfully can provide consultancy for companies and to perform expert activities, to realize and make decisions in public policy for the sector. The most important competencies that are acquired by graduates are related to: building skills for better learning; promoting the entrepreneurial skills, capacity building to teamwork; creativity in the research planning, commitment to the agricultural matters, and etc.

Employment opportunities upon graduation:
Graduates acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to organize and manage economic system in the agricultural sphere – production and trade of agricultural products and food, alternative production activities in rural areas, companies in production infrastructure, and etc. Graduates can successfully make independent entrepreneurial initiative or consulting in the field of agriculture.
Master students are economics who can successfully occupy positions in state and municipal structural funds and divisions, directed to agricultural activities, national policies and financial support for the sector. They can continue their education as PhD students in Bulgaria and abroad.

Programme
First year
2021
Studied subjects Semester Credits Type of grading Student involvement
Total Self-study Classes
Specialised
Agrarian Policy 9 8 Exam 180 165 15
Investment Management in Agribusiness 9 6 Exam 132 120 12
Marketing Research in Agribusiness 9 8 Exam 180 165 15
Project Management in Agribusiness 9 8 Exam 180 165 15
Quality Management in Agribusiness 10 8 Exam 180 165 15
Master Degree Seminar 10 8 Ongoing assessment 216 210 6
Social Capital and Social Policy in Agribusiness 10 8 Exam 192 180 12
Electives (1)
  • Organized Markets and Exchange Dealings in Agribusiness
  • Rural Tourism
  • Risk Management in Agribusiness
10 6 Ongoing assessment 132 120 12
Total for Specialised 0 0
Graduare
Electives (1)
  • Comprehensive State Exam
  • Thesis Defense
10 15 Exam 450 450 0
Total for Graduare 0 0
Total for the entire period of study 75 1842 1740 102


Optional courses Semester Credits Student involvement
Total Self-study Classes
Foreign Language - Russian 10 3 66 60 6
Foreign Language - French 10 3 66 60 6
Foreign Language - German 10 3 66 60 6
Foreign Language - English 10 3 66 60 6