M.Sc. On Campus

Nutrition and Rural Development

Ghent University

24 months
5744 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Healthy and sustainable diets are a global challenge. While large populations face hunger and undernutrition, overweight and diet-related chronic diseases have taken on pandemic proportions. Ghent University's Nutrition and Rural Development trains a workforce that can think critically and develop programs to improve diet and nutrition of populations. 


Key facts

In addition, changes in nutrition and diets have a significant impact on natural resources and climate change. Improving nutrition is therefore key to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. To solve the existing nutrition (security) problems worldwide, specialists with an integrated and multidimensional view on development problems are urgently required. Using better nutrition and food security as a starting point, students will contribute to sustainable development at household, national and international level. 

Ghent University's Nutrition and Rural Development programme has an international focus with specific attention to the international dimension of nutrient and food security and challenges faced in high as well as low- and middle income countries. Students come from a diverse background of cultures, technical background and nationalities. During the courses, students collaborate closely to critically assess available evidence, share lessons learned and develop innovative solutions to prevailing problems from community to national and international level.

Labour Market

  • Research and education at universities, private or governmental institutions;
  • Research in research institutions, private or governmental;
  • Development project collaborators (governmental, national or international NGOs, private);
  • Food and nutrition policy development, implementation and evaluation;
  • Administration of rural and urban projects to improve diet, nutrition or food security;
  • Industrial sector i.e. improvement of nutritional contribution of foods or nutritional services; consultancy services
  • PhD programmes;
  • Overseas project collaborators for local governmental and non-governmental development organisations;
  • Involved in Europe in some international organisations, active in the development cooperation field;
  • In administration as policy preparatory jobs;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Development Economics
  • Scientific Reading, Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Food Chemistry
  • Tropical Food Production
  • Planning and Project Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is granted on the basis of a diploma, irrelevant of nationality. Most qualifications obtained abroad do not grant direct admission. This means that the diploma is not automatically recognised as equivalent to a Flemish diploma and that admission can be granted after an individual application procedure.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5744 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5744 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    962 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Gent

754 - 1205 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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