M.Sc. AGRIS MUNDUS - Sustainable Development in Agriculture Masters Course

Montpellier SupAgro

Application deadline: January 25, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Agris Mundus: A top level master training in agricultural development and management of natural resources

* A two-years programme of 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System)
* Oriented towards the tropics and developing countries
* One year in one European University, the second year in another
* Double degree at the end
* Selected by the Erasmus mundus programme of the European commission, as one of the 150 top master trainings in Europe!
* European scholarships available (Agris mundus scholarships)

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

Track themes
* Water management and sustainable development in agriculture
* Management of natural resources and sustainable development in agriculture
* Management of animal resources and sustainable development in agriculture
* Local development and sustainable development in agriculture
* Food chains and sustainable development in agriculture

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.

Contents

1.Training objectives
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.

2. Profiles of the graduates and jobs
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.

3. Erasmus mundus programme
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.

* It supports European top-quality Masters and PhD Courses,
* It enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries,
* It provides EU-funded scholarships for third country and EU nationals participating in these Masters and PhD Courses.

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)

Requirements

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.

Choice of the training tracks
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.

Language test
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 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.

Beware: the selection is high !
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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

Funding

Agris mundus scholarships
Amounts of the Erasmus Mundus scholarships (for the definition of the categories A and B, see admission procedure)

Category A scholarships
* Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs

EUR 8 000 for the 2 years

* Contribution to the Agris mundus fees (including insurance coverage)

EUR 4 000 / semester

* Monthly allowance

EUR 1 000 / month

Category B scholarships
* Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs

EUR 3 000 -only if the studies include a master thesis at one of the Associate partners countries

* Contribution to the Agris mundus fees (including insurance coverage)

EUR 2 000 / semester

* Monthly allowance

EUR 500 / month

Arrival in Europe, how are things going on?
* The Erasmus Mundus scholarships are managed by the Agris Mundus secretariat.
* Beneficiaries are required to order themselves their flight ticket from their home country.
* The studies office manager of the first hosting country will help you to open a personal bank account.

Category A scholarship holders will receive as soon as possible after arrival a lump sum of 4 000 Euros representing a part of the travel + installation costs. The secretariat and the host universities will do their best to help the selected students to open a bank account. Students should be aware that this procedure may be subject to regulations and that it may take several weeks.

3. Other scholarships and grants
Students academically admitted but not selected for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship are encouraged to seek other sources of financial support. For this purpose, the secretariat can send them an estimate of the cost of the studies. They can also refer to universties' websites (Montpellier SupAgro: ; University of Copenhagen: ; Wageningen University:

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