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International Master of Science in Rural Development
Gent, Belgium

Scholarship / Financial aid: partial grant that pays for study costs (i.e. tuition fees and others)

Date: 2013/14

Deadline: January 25th, 2013

Open to: non-European students

Announcement follows

The joint International Master in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the European Erasmus Mundus programme, 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.

The objective is to train specialists in integrated rural development, focussed 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 programme (120 ECTS) jointly organised by six European leading institutes in agricultural economics and rural development.

The Master program is offered by

+Ghent University (Belgium)
+Agrocampus Ouest (France)
+Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
+Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
+University of Pisa (Italy)
+Wageningen University (The Netherlands)

in collaboration with

+University of Pretoria (South Africa),
+ESPOL (Ecuador)
+University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore (India),
+China Agricultural University
+Nanjing Agricultural University (China)

The deadline for applying for Academic year 2013-2015 (IMRD Programme 2013-2015) is January 18th, 2013 midnight (CET, Central European Time).

The postmark deadline for sending documents is January the 25th 2013
(this means we will accept all documents sent by regular mail that arrive at our office before the 26th of January, anything arriving on January 26th or later will not be considered applicant to the EM scholarship.

SELFSPONSORING non-EU students can apply until the 30th of April 2013

Admission criteria

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:

1. 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.

2. 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. All students must proof their level of English. See the language section on the left.

Applicants generally have a Bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent academic degree of minimum 3 years study in bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences (preferably agricultural economics), in combination with knowledge in environmental sciences, economics, sociology and rural development studies.

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.

Scholarships and Tuition Fee

All applicants who are academically admitted to follow the IMRD programme, should pay the tuition fee to be able to start the programme. Please click on the previous link to find out more on the exact cost to be accepted as a student.

Students have different options for financing the programme. They can choose to either study as a self-sponsering student (i.e. a student who pays by him/herself for all tuition fees and other costs), or as a scholarship student who receives a grant that - partially - pays for his/her study costs (i.e. tuition fees and others).

Through the IMRD Secretariat, applicants can directly apply for 2 different scholarships: the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, and the UGent Master Grant. For more information on each, please click on the previous links.

Please consult our page on alternative scholarships for more information on other grants and scholarships (with no direct link to the IMRD programme).


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