International Master in Rural Development

Deadline: 31/12/2010 – non-EU
Open to: Bachelor/Master interested in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics, EU and non-EU
Scholarship: Erasmus Mundus

Are you a Bachelor/Master interested in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics ?

Interested in a multi-disciplinary and mobile training in Europe, on a EU scholarship ?

Are you seeking a further specialisation through an International Masters Degree ?


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 (as of 2010-2011 also for European students).

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 program (120 ECTS) jointly organised by seven 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), the University of Cordoba (Spain), in collaboration with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) and the University of Pisa (Italy). As of 2010-2011 these will be joined by universities in China, Ecuador, India and South Africa.

The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialised 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.


The deadline for applying for Academic year 2011-2013 (IMRD Program 2011-2013) is December 31, 2010.
The Erasmus Mundus (EM) program of the European Commission offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships for non-European students each year. The application for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship does not need to be done separately. When you apply in the first application round (generally between September and December of the year preceding the start of the academic year), you can indicate that you also apply for the EM scholarship. The IMRD coordination selects the top students from the applicants and passes these names to the European Commission. For more information on the application for 2009-2010 and the scholarships, see the application form. Consult the application section for more information on admission, exact dates and procedures.


Academic year 2010-2011 (program 2010-2012): Deadline extended until the 3rd of May 2010 (online application)! Hard copy application files and documents will be accepted until the 7th of May (reception at the IMRD secretariat). SELFSPONSORING European students can apply until the 1st of September 2010

IMRD secretariat
Ghent University
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Department of Agricultural Economics
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent

Official website CLICK HERE for more details and application process


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