Rural Development (IMRD)/ Agricultural Economics
IMRD, part of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme, is a joint degree which offers you the opportunity to study rural development in its diversity of international approaches and applications. The 2 year master programme (120 ECTS) is jointly organized by 12 institutes leading in agricultural economics and rural development from all over the world. IMRD offers a combination of basic and specialized theoretical and practical training in technical, economic and social sciences. This competitive master programme has a high extent of international student mobility, making it possible to learn from specialists worldwide.
- Study each semester at a different university and compare international views on rural development
- Gain practical experience through a 1 month case study in Italy or Slovakia
- Several scholarship opportunities: Erasmus Mundus and IMRD consortium.
- 1/3 of our graduates start a PhD; others work at UN, FAO and in the agribusiness industry
- Obtain a joint MSc in Rural Development
- European and US students can combine this degree with a MSc in Agricultural Economics (University of Arkansas, US) and obtain a double degree at the end of the programme. Choose the ATLANTIS learning path.
- European and South-Korean students can combine this degree with a Master of Arts in Economics (Korea University, Seoul National University). Choose the EKAFREE learning path.
- Study in Europe, the US, South-Korea, India, South Africa, Ecuador or China, depending on the learning path you choose.
IMRD offers you the opportunity to study rural development in its diversity of international approaches and applications. Depending on the focus and mobility track you choose, you can study at one or a combination of our 12 partners in Europe, India, South-Africa, Ecuador, China, the US or South-Korea.
Learning path IMRD >> International MSc in Rural Development: study 2 years at the IMRD - Erasmus Mundus programme, possibly supported by an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. At the end you obtain the Joint IMRD Diploma. Study at one or a combination of our partners in Europe, India, South-Africa, Ecuador or China.
Learning path ATLANTIS >> MSc in Rural Development and MSc in Agricultural Economics: European and US students can combine this degree with a MSc in Agricultural Economics (University of Arkansas, US) and obtain a double degree at the end of the programme.
Learning path EKAFREE >>MSc in Rural Development and MA in Economics: European and South-Korean students can combine this degree with a Master of Arts in Economics (Korea University, Seoul National University).
The International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) delivers experts in integrated rural development, specialized in agricultural economics, sociology, policy and decision making. Graduates will be part of a unique international network of specialists in agronomics and rural development with a focus on socio-economic and institutional aspects.
Structure of the programme:
- General Entrance Module - Semester I 30-35 ECTS - all students start at Ghent University
- Advanced Modules I and II - Semesters II and II of each 15-40 ECTS - Choose a mobility partner according to the requirements of the programme (study in at least 2 European partners, include if possible a stay at a non-European partner)
- Case Study - 10 ECTS - Nitra University or Pisa University
- Thesis Module - Semester IV 30 ECTS - thesis partner university
- Add elective internship or language courses if this fits your educational goals and after discussion with the educational coordinator
All course details can be found in our programme catalogue: International Master of Science in Rural Development
Each application file is evaluated by an admission board and has to be approved by the Faculty Council and by the Rector's office, irrespective of the diploma obtained.
- Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree of min. 3 years from a university or recognized equivalent in preferably bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences, (preferably agricultural economics) with good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher).
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate through their transcripts basic science training in: (i) mathematics and/or statistics; (ii) agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences; and (iii) social sciences/sociology and/or rural development and/or economics.
- Language requirements:
The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests:
- TOEFL IBT 80
- TOEFL PBT 550
- ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score
- CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
- ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)
Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except applicants who are nationals from or have obtained a bachelor and/or master degree in a higher education institute with English as mode of instruction in USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or Canada, and in the latter case a certificate that the mode of instruction was English has to be submitted.
Complete the IMRD-form before 1 March 2017 to be taken into account for a scholarship!
Apply for admission to the consortium and a scholarship by registering here and completing the application form here. For all questions in relation to the scholarship procedure and other questions regarding tuition fee, accommodation, visa matters, etc. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT - keep in mind that applying for a scholarship and applying for admission at UGent are two different things. Applying for funding does not automatically imply that Ghent University has received your application. Being granted funding by no means implies being accepted at Ghent University.
Please also complete the admission procedure at Ghent University before the deadline of 1 March (for people who need a VISA) and 1 June (for people who do not need a VISA).
Partner universities within Europe
The University of Cordoba (Spain) has been accepted as a new co-organising member into the Consortium and will be active as of academic year 2017-2018. They will also co-sign the joint degree as of 2017-2018.
Partner universities outside of Europe
- China Agricultural University (China),
- Chungbuk National University (South Korea),
- Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (Ecuador),
- Korea University (South Korea),
- Nanjing Agricultural University (China),
- Seoul National University (South Korea),
- University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (India),
- University of Arkansas (United States of America), and
- University of Pretoria (South Africa).
The Can Tho University (Vietnam) has been accepted as a new co-organising non-European partner into the Consortium and will be active as of academic year 2017-2018.
Programme Cost for Partner Country students is set at 9.000 €. In general, the partner countries are the non-EU countries.
Programme cost for Programme Country students is set at 4.500 €. In general , the programme countries are the EU countries.
For a detailed list of which countries are to be considered Partner or Programme Countries for the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programme, visit (voeg link toe https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/participating-countries) - this page.
- Living & Accommodation expenses: € 750 – 850/month
- Possibility of , consortium and VLIRUOS Scholarships
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