Cookies on CABI

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.

Continuing to use means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

Search this site
Sign up for the CABI e-zine Newsletter
Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

MAS ICM course

Masters of Advanced Studies and Diploma of Advanced Studies

in Integrated Crop Management

MAS ICM students 2015

Food security, food safety and environmental sustainability are critical challenges for the growing population. It's time to engage with education as a pathway to new expertise, and new solutions.

One answer available today is Integrated Crop Management (ICM), increasingly required as a standard for agricultural production around the world. We aim to address today’s critical agricultural and environmental challenges by creating a unique higher education programme in Switzerland about ICM. The Masters of Advanced Studies in ICM, also offered as a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS), will give students everywhere the opportunity to learn about sound crop management principles and to explore solutions that can be incorporated into practice and policy back home.

Launched in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and the Jura Canton, scientists, teachers, extension officers and policy makers will come to Switzerland to enrich their knowledge about the importance of ICM, supporting its adoption as a long-term strategy to address global challenges. This is the first post-graduate degree to be offered in the Jura region, and commenced with its inaugural class in March 2015. Scholarship funding is available for high calibre individuals from around the world.

unine CABI logo canton
MAS ICM field work 2015 MAS in ICM 2015 course MAS in ICM 2015 course

Programme description

This is an interdisciplinary study programme providing knowledge on ICM as a sustainable agricultural production system that improves overall crop health. ICM involves managing crops to optimize yield and profitably with minimal negative impact on the environment. It considers the local soil and climate conditions and safeguards the farm’s natural assets. The MAS ICM study programme also addresses the wider implications of ICM, particularly the socio-economic and ecological aspects, which form the backdrop of this holistic agricultural production system. General topics covered include: soil management, seed selection, crop nutrition, cropping strategies, pest and landscape management, water management, statistics, national and regional agricultural policies, and rural economics.

Prospective students

The MAS in ICM is targeted towards professionals and specialists from crop or environmental management who hold a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s plus the equivalent practical experience. They come from fields of extension, biology, agriculture, research, teaching and policy. Participants from developing countries are encouraged to apply. A limited number of  scholarships will be available to cover costs for tuition and living costs for students from developing countries. Successful students will enhance their technical skills and scientific background in ICM and will develop a broad and integrated vision of agricultural food production and environmental sustainability. Successful MAS participants will be in the position to work in public and private sectors dealing with sustainable agriculture, such as governmental offices, research institutions, universities, advisory services, non-governmental organisations and private companies.

 MAS in ICM 2015 course

Programme structure

Taught in English, the duration of the study program is 2 semesters (full time for 9 months), consisting of 13 thematic modules, a workshop on the future of agriculture and a final case study session on building an ICM strategy.  Modules will include research demonstrations, field visits, and study tours to partner organisations. The programme will be led by ICM experts from CABI and University of Neuchâtel, and feature interdisciplinary guest lecturers from around the world.

Please note, this programme can be limited to the attendance of the courses only and the validation with exams to obtain a DAS (Diploma of Advanced Studies). Participants of the MAS are also required to write a thesis during the last 12 weeks of the programme.

MAS ICM Course Review_Interactive_Page

The 2015 MAS in ICM Annual Review includes a look back at the first year of the course through the eyes of its inaugural intake, with encouraging reports that the course is already helping students to address the agricultural issues in their countries.


delemont map

Courses will be taught in Delémont, in the Canton of Jura, Switzerland. Located within one hour of Lake Neuchâtel, the facilities are also near major agricultural regions, the Swiss Alps and Basel city.

Contact us at

Learn more about the MAS in ICM programme by visiting the Université de Neuchâtel website where you will find information about scholarship opportunities and how to apply.

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to develop and implement plant protection... >>

Providing IPM advice to farmers in Tanzania, Albania and Nicaragua

In Tanzania, Nicaragua and Albania pesticide misuse is a chronic problem in agriculture. Applying pesticides to vegetables just before they are sent to market creates problems. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aims to rectify this situation. CABI is providing environmentally and economically sustainable IPM advice adapted to local conditions to... >>

Improving the livelihoods of smallholder maize farmers around the Mekong

After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem. This project will establish local... >>

Growing tobacco more sustainably in Turkey

Tobacco production is of high social and economic importance in Turkey. Farmers of oriental tobacco, an aromatic sun-cured variety, are contracted by leaf supplier companies that provide production supplies and advice. They lack knowledge of sustainable pest management techniques, however, so the use of chemical pesticides is high. We are working... >>

Insects as a source of protein

Global demand for animal-sourced foods is accelerating. Fishmeal and crops such as soya are key ingredients in animal feeds but are not ecologically or economically sustainable. Insect protein presents a viable alternative. The PROTEINSECTproject is exploring fly larva (maggots), which are nutritious and can be mass produced at low cost, as animal... >>

Woody weeds in East Africa

Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa and become destructive invasive species. They're reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. CABI is trying to mitigate these impacts in East Africa by generating and sharing knowledge on their effects and finding ways that they can... >>

Biological control of diamondback moth in Canada

The diamondback moth is a global pest. Canadian farmers often have use chemicals to protect their crops. This is costly and the pest is becoming immune, meaning additional control options are needed. In Europe, Asia and Africa, Diadromus collaris, is a major parasitoid of the moth. It has been introduced to several countries or regions and has... >>