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 master’s dissertation research. For the elective courses (including possibilities for an internship) the students may choose other courses offered in programmes at master’s 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.
- 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);
- Policy development, implementation and evaluation;
- Administration of rural and urban projects;
- Industrial sector; PhD programs;
- Overseas project collaborators for local governmental and non-governmental development organisations;
- Consultancy after some years of experience;
- Involved in Europe in some international organisations, active in the development cooperation field;
- In administration as policy preparatory jobs;