Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development

  • Applications for 2019-2020 are open


About the programme


The first year of the MSc. Program, aims at giving an in-depth knowledge and know-how related to nutrition and rural development related topics, creating a common academic level between all program students of diverse backgrounds. The programme consists on the one hand of basic knowledge, insights and skills in the areas of production, transformation, preservation, marketing and consumption of food products. On the other hand, it contains a practically oriented component that enables the alumni to identify problems by means of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analytical techniques, to assess and rank causes, and to plan, to execute and to evaluate appropriate interventions.

The second year provides a more in depth understanding of the specific problems and their solutions and consists of elective (optional) courses and Master  Dissertation research (30 ECTS).

Learning objectives

Course details and schedule

see the Course catalogue < Programme

Course structure

This master of nutrition and Rural Development offers two majors: Public Health Nutrition or Nutrition Security and Management. While the first deals with the public health aspects of nutrition, the second deals with the developmental and economic aspects.

The first semester of the first year gives in-depth knowledge in general courses related to nutrition and rural development. This approach aims to establish a common ground between all students of different backgrounds. The standard courses in the second semester allow some specificity. To tailor the course programme to the individual needs and interests, students can already take one elective course during the first master year.

The second year of this programme provides a more in-depth understanding of the specific problems and their solutions for the major they chose. The second year therefore consists of specific courses, a limited list of standard courses per major chosen, another elective course and master’s dissertation research. For the elective courses (including possibilities for an internship) the students may choose other courses offered in programmes at master’s level, at UGent or at an institute cooperating with UGent as long as they enable the student to compile a tailor-made study curriculum enhancing their individual needs or interests.

 Admission requirements

Application Procedure

Academic Admission

We urge you to complete the procedure as described on the following website for academic admission. Without finalizing your academic admission procedure, it is not possible to compete/be selected for a scholarship. Do respect the deadlines for academic admission. Files received beyond the deadline will not be taken into consideration whatsoever. For all questions in relation to this procedure, please contact

Practical Information


  • Tuition fee
  • Living, insurance & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month
  • Some scholarship schemes take charge of other particular costs

Contact & Info

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MSc In Nutrition and Rural Development
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