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Course
Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development


Degree awarded
Master's Degree

Address
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium



Type of course
Full-time (120 ECTS)

Length of course
2 years (120 ECTS)

Language of tuition
English

Date of commencement
End of September 2021

Application deadline
28 February 2021 for non-EEA students and scholarship seeking students (EEA or non-EEA)
31 May 2021 for non-scholarship seeking EEA students

Class size
13 students

Cost / fees
5743.90 Euro
961.90 Euro for Students from OESO/DAC recognised developing country (lowest 2 categories): see list

Accommodation
Available



Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 100% international
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 30-70
3. Age range: 23-32

Admission requirements
See opposite / below

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Carl Lachat

Contact details for application
Admissions office, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel / Fax: +32 9 331 00 70



Ghent University, Belgium

Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development


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.

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 masterís dissertation research.

For the elective courses (including possibilities for an internship) the students may choose other courses offered in programmes at masterís 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

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

About the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering is one of the 11 faculties of Ghent University.

The faculty is strongly dedicated to international education, welcoming an average of 350 international students from 100 different nationalities each academic year, on a total amount of almost 3000 students. The focal research topic of the faculty is the living matter in all its diversity.

The research domains are clustered around Natural Capital, Sustainable Primary Production, Food and Health, Green Chemistry, Bio-Economy, Clean Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Data-Analysis. Our research excellence is the basis of top-quality education and high international rankings.

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering of UGent is top 12-ranked for Agricultural Sciences (QS Ranking, NTU Ranking, Shangai Ranking) and positioned 51 for Life Sciences according to the Times Higher Education Ranking.

Alumni of our international master programmes get a broad range of career options as entrepreneurs, policy makers and research experts.

The faculty is located in the city of Ghent: a charming, medieval, multi-cultural city with 300.000 inhabitants and home to 77.000 students. 45,000 of those are students of Ghent University, of which our faculty is part.

The city centre of Ghent is a low emission zone with car-free parts and Ghent is a worldwide forerunner in the promotion of sustainable food.


Other courses offered by Ghent University

  • Master of Science in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Management in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources for Sustainable Land Management
  • Master of Science in Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Soils and Global Change
  • Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management