Agris Mundus: A top level master training in agricultural development and management of natural resources
The Agris Mundus MSc is a product of AGRINATURA, the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development.
Agris mundus is also linked to a European PhD course, offered by the same consortium of universities: AgTraIn
Agris mundus includes 10 training tracks where the first year (M1) is attended at a first university, and the second year (M2) in a second one. Depending of the option chosen, the study track M1/M2 is automatically designed.
The Agris Mundus fees are the same, irrespective of the chosen study track: - 16 000 euros for the whole master course (M1 and M2) for third-country students (Group A); - 8 000 euros for the whole master course (M1 and M2) for EU students (Group B : 27 EU members states + Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland). For the students awarded with an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, the fees are covered by the scholarship.
General training objective : to train students to cope with the current global/international concerns in agriculture and rural development to: - identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the development of crops, forests and animal production, the management of research and rural development projects and finally, the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment; - formulate and provide effective and appropriate responses to complex agriculture and natural resources related issues.
Combine technical and institutional capacities!
Whatever training track they chose, all graduates combine: - technical capacities in at least one domain of agriculture, animal breeding, or rural environment and the management of natural resources; - with capacities to assess, prepare, support or evaluate the social, economic and institutional conditions that can allow innovation, change and development of the rural areas in the developing countries.
According to the training track they chose, graduates can deal with: - evaluation of technologies in agriculture, animal breeding, and management of natural resources and their impact on nature, production, social balances, economy; - organisation of the marketing chains of agricultural commodities; - assessment of agricultural and rural development projects; - preparation and evaluation of policies for rural development: land, water, forest, agricultural supplies, rural credit, marketing of commodities, organisation of post harvest chains, governance, etc.
Agris Mundus has reviewed in 2010 the jobs of the graduates of the two first Agris Mundus cohorts graduated in 2008 and 2009. These results showed that: - more than 80% of graduates found a job in less than 5 months, and 45% in less than 2 months; - 62 % of the graduates who were professionals before coming to the course continued with their former employer, while 38% changed.
The Agris Mundus Master of Science is one of the Erasmus Mundus Master Courses selected by the European Commission to offer the highest level of training in Europe to third countries nationals. In the field of education, the Erasmus Mundus programme promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world.
The Erasmus Mundus programme is open to:
1. the 27 Member States of the EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
2. the countries of the European Economic Area / European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
3. thethird countries (all the other countries of the world)
There are two rounds of academic admission. You can apply for academic admission either at Round 1 or at Round 2, but Erasmus Mundus scholarships are only offered at Round 1.
Be aware that an application can be considered only once a year: if you have applied for the first round without success, there is no possibility that your application will be considered again at the second round.
Academic admission refers to the right to follow the course, after a review of the academic background and professional project of the applicant. Candidates may be admitted even though they are not selected for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
The minimum admission criteria are the same for all students irrespective of their country of origin or of the training track they apply for: · Bachelor of Sciences (180 ECTS) or equivalent in Agricultural sciences or a BA in Social Sciences if the candidate can demonstrate a particular interest for agriculture; · Verified excellent quality of the institution where this last degree was obtained; · Excellent academic background with marks identifying the candidate among the 20% best students of his former studies (1st class or 2nd class with honours); · Strongly convincing letter of motivation and 2 letters of support from referees.
The candidate is invited to select the training track he/she applies for. Once the admission is official, the candidate has to follow the chosen study tracks. Limited changes remain possible once the student has started the course, only upon agreement with the coordinator and the tutors in charge of the M1 and the M2.
When the candidate is selected, she/he will be asked to produce a certificate in the language of his chosen M1 training. When a candidate fails to produce a successful language test before arrival, her/his admission may be cancelled.
English: IELTS 6 in English for all training tracks starting with an M1 in Cork, Copenhagen or Wageningen;
French: For students starting their training track at Montpellier, the TFI (French International Test www.fr.tfi-europe.com/) level 427 (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference) has to be proven and allows students to arrive directly at the Orientation Week, end of August. Students who can not prove a B2 level should arrive on July 1st, and attend the Summer course organised at Montpellier (the summer courses),
All tests have to be sent to the Agris Mundus secretariat before June 15th, otherwise the scholarship offered may be cancelled. In case they encounter serious difficulties to take the TFI within this deadline, students should inform the Agris Mundus secretariat, so a level test in the distance can be organized by Montpellier SupAgros Language Departement.
Agris Mundus is a high level Master of Science and the selection at admission is severe (last application results). Only candidates who are able to show evidence of a very good level and well constructed motivation have a chance to be admitted. Within this group, preference will be then given to candidates with appropriate professional experience and strongly convincing recommendations by an academic or a professional body.
Candidates who cannot show evidence of such criteria are invited to refrain from applying.
No work experience is required.
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Montpellier SupAgro is a French higher education university specializing in agriculture and agronomy situated on la Gaillarde campus in Montpellier. It trains students from France and abroad in most of the agronomy and life sciences fields.
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