Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development

  • Applications for 2018-2019 are closed
  • Applications for 2019-2020 are open from October 1, 2018 onwards



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 Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development is an international Master course with two majors ‘Public Health Nutrition’ and ‘Nutrition Security and Management’. This program trains specialists capable of determining a nutrition related problem in a population, analyzing its determinants and defining and evaluating integrated policies. Program development builds heavily on high quality research and evidence based approaches to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Semester 1 (Sept-Jan)

  • preceded by introduction courses
  • common and main subject specific basic courses 
  • fundamental, in depth and high level knowledge

Semester 2 (Febr-June)

  • specific courses with special attention to ‘in field’ applications
  • possibility to do internships in summer holidays

Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) and Semester 4 (Febr-June)

  • specialised courses (fine-tuned individual programme)
  • master dissertation (at Ghent University, other Belgian institutes/organizations/multinationals or one of our partners in the South or Europe)


All course details can be found in the programme catalogue.

Admission Requirements

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 with good overall scores (at least a second class upper or equivalent, preferably higher) from a university or recognized equivalent.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate through their transcripts adequate knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computer science, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry , human physiology, physics (lab experience highly recommended).
  • Language requirements:
    The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests: (TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted)
    -    TOEFL IBT 80
    -    TOEFL PBT 550
    -    ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing
    -    CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
    -    ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)

    Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except:
    a.  applicants who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) awarded by an (recognised) institution in the Flemish Community
    b.  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.

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


Organizations: FAO, Save the children, UNICEF, WHO, …
Universities/institutes a.o.: Can Tho Univ. (VN), Cuenca Univ. (EC), INCAP (GT), Jimma Univ. (ET), Pretoria Univ. and Stellenbosch Univ. (SA), Sheffield Univ. (GB), UAS Bangalore(IN)


  • Tuition fee
  • Bench fee (course material, lab exercise material, study trip cost, …): € 500/academic year
  • Living, insurance & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month
  • Some scholarship schemes take charge of other particular costs

Contact & Info

Questions concerning your application:
MSc In Nutrition and Rural Development
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