International Master of Science in Rural Development
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     International Master of Science in Rural Development

                            The master course for future experts on rural development


The joint International Master in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus JMD programme, offers the opportunity to become an international expert on rural development in its diversity of approaches and applications, on a scholarship provided by the European Union.

The IMRD master course programme, is a high level academic programme aimed at training top students from all over the world into 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 EU.

The  IMRD master course programme is a 2 year master programme (120 ECTS) jointly organised by 16 worldwide leading universities in rural development and agricultural economics. 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.

Through IMRD you can study at least one semester at the folowing universities: 

                           whitin Europe

                            outside Europe

  •  Ghent University (Belgium)
  •  ESPOL (Ecuador)
  •  Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  •  China Agricultural University (China)
  •  Agrocampus Ouest (France)
  •  Nanjing Agricultural University (China)
  •  University of Pisa (Italy)
  •  University of Arkansas (USA)
  •  Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  •  University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  •  Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
  • Can Tho (Viet Nam)
  •  University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore (India)

Depending on their geographic interest and foreseen specialisation, students may opt for a regional and specific comparative course programme which leads to the awarding of a double degree on rural development and agricultural Economics (i.e. the IMRD joint diploma + a national diploma of a non-EU partner).

Summarizing, the IMRD Master Course Programme consists of 3 different learning tracks:

focus: worldwide EU-USA EU-Korea
dipoma type: joint degree double degree double degree
diploma name: IMRD IMRD + MSc. Agricultural Economics IMRD + MSc. Economics
more info here: IMRD MSc
apply here: IMRD application
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                                                                        Are you a Bachelor/Master

                                                 interested in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics ?

                                         Seeking further specialisation through an International Masters Degree

                                              interested in a multi-disciplinary and mobile training in Europe

                                       and, for European students, an experience in a non-European university,

                                                                 possibly financed on a scholarship ?

                                                                 THEN THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! JOIN US