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Sustainable Development in Agriculture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #940 (BCR) ,
You ambition a carreer in international development in agriculture and food with a strong orientation to the countries in the South?


Agris Mundus Master of Sciences offers a  top level master training in agricultural development and sustainable management of natural resources:

  • A two-years programme of 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System);
  • Oriented towards the tropics and developing countries (where agriculture and food is a major component of the sustanable development challenge), while also relevant for action in the industrialised countries;
  • One year in one European University, the second year in another University (Course framework) , giving access to wider resources and networks.
  • Double degree at the end!

For ten years (205-2015) the European Union did support the Agris Mundus MSc with a number of scholarships from the Erasmus Mundus programme. This support is now over but the MSc still continues: candidates are encouraged to apply for academic admission, while they look for scholarship by themselves in parralel.


Agris mundus is also linked to a similar European PhD course, offered by the same consortium of universities: AgTraIn 


Training objectives


General training objective : to graduate students able to cope with the current global/international concerns in agriculture and rural development, theoretically and practically, in order 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 in villages, small regions, countries, economic communities of countries or the whole planet,
  • formulate and provide effective and appropriate responses to complex agriculture and natural resources related problems carried by local stakeholders, their organisations or international aid institutions.


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, changes 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. Assessment of their impact on nature, on food production, on social balances, or on economy;
  • organisation of the transformation/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.


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.

7 designed training tracks:

  • Water management in rural development (M1 in Wageningen, M2 in Montpellier)
  • Water management in horticulture (M1 in Wageningen, M2 in Catania)
  • Livestock systems management (M1 in Catania, M2 in Montpellier)
  • Rural development and sustainable management in Food Business (M1 in Cork, M2 in Madrid)
  • Food chains and development (M1 in Cork, M2 in Montpellier)
  • Safe production in horticulture (M1 in Montpellier, M2 in Catania)
  • Public Policies and Management of Agricutural Development (M1 in Madrid, M2 in Montpellier)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fruit tree crops in Mediterranean climate 
  • Vegetable and flower crops 
  • Vegetable protected crops 
  • Techniques of natural treatment and reuse of water 
  • Irrigation systems 
  • Fruit tree crops in Mediterranean climate
  • Vegetable and flower crops 
  • Biological control of pests 
  • Biological control of plant pathogens 

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Credits
                  120 ECTS
                • Languages
                  • English
                  • Partially taught in French
                  • Partially taught in Italian
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You need the following IELTS score:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                  Schedule IELTS

                General Requirements

                • 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.
                • 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.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  9000 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA

                  4500 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Montpellier

                • 917 - 1250 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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