Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: EU Erasmus Mundus
Country to Study in: Europe
The joint International Master in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the European Erasmus Mundus program, offers the opportunity to study the European vision on rural development in its diversity of approaches and applications, on a scholarship provided by the European Union for Non-EU and EU students.
The objective is to train specialists in integrated rural development, focused on socio-economic and institutional aspects, not only from the European Union but also from developed, developing and transition countries outside the European Union through a 2 year master program (120 ECTS) jointly organized by six European leading institutes in agricultural economics and rural development.
The International MSc in Rural Development offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
- Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years with good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) from a university or recognized equivalent. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields: (1) mathematics and/or statistics, (2) agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences and (3) social sciences and/or rural development and/or economy. Candidates who cannot present a combined training of these fields will be evaluated on their aptitude, based on experience and knowledge of these fields, as demonstrated by CV or other evidence.
- Sufficient language knowledge proven by language certificates. The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. Command of the English language is a very important criterion for admission. With the exception of those who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) issued by an institution officially recognized by the Flemish Government, applicants must be able to prove their proficiency in English. See the language section on the left.
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the IMRD programme. In addition, consideration may be given to how your background and life experience would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students.
There are some restrictions and conditions for the composition of the group of top applicants that IMRD can short-list to EACEA. These conditions and restrictions change each year. The IMRD consortium shall always – without prejudice to the respect of high academic standards – respect the following basic criteria from EACEA in order to ensure a geographical balance when selecting third-country students:
- no more than 25% of the selected third-country students should come from the same country.
- no more than 10% of the selected third-country students should come from the same institution.
Non-EU and EU students from developing/emerging countries
The Master program is offered by:
- Ghent University (Belgium)
- Agrocampus Ouest (France)
- Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
- the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
- the University of Pisa (Italy)
- Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
- University of Pretoria (South Africa),
- ESPOL (Ecuador)
- University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore (India),
- China Agricultural University
- Nanjing Agricultural University (China)
Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, and related technical, economic and social sciences.
The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialized training in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study of one month, an individual master thesis and a high extent of student and scholar mobility.
Number of awards
The Erasmus Mundus (EM) program of the European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships for non-European and European students to join IMRD each year.
The Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers the tuition fee and an additional amount is withheld for the administrative costs of the programme (registration, enrolment, subscription, administrative support, access to all faculty and university services, the organisation of the case study, the organisation of the thesis defence, etc.) and other expenditures directly linked to the organisation of the course.
All other costs (travel to Europe, rent of accomodation, food, study materials, etc.) are at charge of the student. The remainder of the scholarship is paid to the student in monthly instalments. Payment of the scholarship starts after the arrival in Europe.
Method of Application
The application for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship does not need to be done separately. When you apply in the First Application Round (generally between August / September and December / January of the academic year preceding the start of the program FOR ALL STUDENTS), indicate that you are also applying for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
If you are granted academic admission but NO Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, or you are NOT granted academic admission, you may apply in the Second Application Round (BEWARE different deadlines for EU and non-EU students).
- Deadline for non-EU students and for EU students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship: 31 December 2012
- Deadline for EU students NOT applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship: 20 June 2013
Important: do not send documents if you have not submitted an online application and have received an application number!
NOTE: Read the how-to apply page for Non-EU students and/or EU students.
To contact the program’s European partner institutes, click here.
For a description on how to reach the program secretariat, click here.
Application Deadline: 31 Dec 2012; 8 Jan 2013 - postmark
Open to International students: Yes
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