Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development

  • Applications for 2020-2021 are open

About the programme

Programme goals

Healthy and sustainable diets are a global challenge. While large and generally poor populations face hunger and under-nutrition, overweight and diet related chronic diseases have taken on pandemic proportions mostly in developed and transforming economies. In addition, changes in nutrition and diets have a significant incontestable impact and on natural resources and climate change which cannot be underestimated.

The 2-year program with majors "Public Health Nutrition" and "Nutrition security and management" trains specialists that can develop programs to improve nutrition of populations. Using better nutrition and food security as a starting point, students will contribute to sustainable development at household, national and international level. The program gives specific attention to the international dimension of nutrient and food security and challenges faced by low-and middle-income countries.

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

Degree

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree of min. 3 years from a university or recognized equivalent. Good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) are recommended.

Competencies

Applicants must be able to demonstrate through their transcripts that they received basic science training in the following fields: (i) Mathematics, and/or basic statistics; (ii) Physics; (iii) Chemistry; (iv) Biochemistry; (v)Physiology; (vi) Computer Sciences.. Some lab experiences is recommended too.

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)
  • Interuniversity test of academic English (ITACE)

Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except:

  1. applicants who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) issued by an institution officially recognized by the Flemish Government.
  2. 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.

Applicants that do not meet the language requirements can exceptionally request an exception by adding a motivated letter to the application file at the condition they are ready to take a Skype interview with the Director of the Master programme.

Application Procedure

Academic Admission

We urge you to complete the academic admission procedure as described on the enrolment pages. 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 admission@ugent.be.

Practical Information

Cost

  • 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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