Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development (Rural Economics and Management)

Nutrition security and sustainable development of rural areas require specialists with an integrated and multidimensional view on development problems. They should be able to elaborate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies, adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of low and middle income countries. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development takes on a population and development perspective and will train specialists in this field.
The programme provides a choice among three main subjects, to be specified at the first registration:
- Human Nutrition (HuNu) (Major Public Health Nutrition or Nutrition Security and Management);
- Rural Economics and Management (REM);
- Tropical Agriculture (Major Animal Production or Plant Production) (TAAP/TAPP).

Therefore, this subject focuses, depending on the major chosen, on subject areas such as sustainable, multi-sectorial integrated solutions for food production, transformation and preservation, food chemistry, food science, nutritional requirements, food and nutrition policies, nutrition surveillance, nutrition practices, nutrition epidemiology, nutrition disorders, nutrition research, food safety, marketing and consumption and nutrition security management, with special attention for the food and nutrition problems in low and middle income countries.
Human Nutrition (HuNu)
The objective is to transfer specific and profound knowledge, insights and skills related to nutrition security and public health nutrition problems and solutions at population level. Therefore, this subject focuses, depending on the major chosen, on subject areas such as food production, transformation and preservation, food chemistry, food science, nutritional requirements, food and nutrition policies, nutrition surveillance, nutrition practices, nutrition research, food safety, marketing and consumption and nutrition security management, all referring to the food and nutrition problems in developing countries.
Rural Economics and Management (REM)

The objective of this programme is to train students to increase understanding of socioeconomic factors in rural development, and to provide them with adequate tools for the planning and implementation of sustainable, integrated rural development strategies and interventions. To achieve this, students receive in-depth knowledge on economic, social, environmental, financial, institutional and policy aspects of food production systems, the functioning of food markets and the impact of agricultural policies and rural institutions on the development of rural areas.
Tropical Agriculture (TA)

The objective is to deliver technical knowledge related to agriculture focussing on developing countries. The students can specialise in animal production or plant production by choosing the specific major. The major on Animal Production delivers in-depth knowledge on production biology, animal nutrition, pasture management, animal genetics … The major on Plant Production focuses on themes like ethnobotany, crop protection, plant breeding, plant biotechnology ... The courses are applicative, and aim at presenting solutions for agricultural problems in developing countries in an interdisciplinary and sustainable way, rioritising the nutrition-sensitive approach.

Opbouw

Students should select the main subject they want to take (including the major if applicable) the moment they apply for inscription at UGent. In the master’s programme 23 credits are commonly taught. These courses give in-depth knowledge and knowhow in more general basic courses related to nutrition and rural development, in order to achieve a common base level between all students of different backgrounds.

The main subject standard courses given mainly during the first year aim at achieving a more specific but broad common base for the students of each main subject. To tailor the course programme to the individual needs and interests, students can also take one elective course during the first master year. The second year of this master provides a more in-depth understanding of the specific problems and their solutions for the main subject they have chosen. The second year therefore consists of standard specific courses, a limited list of elective courses per major chosen and/or a limited number of other elective courses and master’s dissertation research. For the elective courses (including possibilities for an internship) the student may choose among the specific courses of the other main subjects, or he/ she can propose 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 his/her individual needs or interests.

Master's Dissertation
Students are encouraged to seek overseas possiblities either for data collection (primary or secondary) or to prepare the whole master’s dissertation at a foreign university with whom a cooperation agreement has been undersigned. A local co-promoter (nominated by the staff of the programme) will assist them during that period.

Arbeidsmarkt

Students from low and middle income countries:

Research and teaching at universities,private or governmental institutions;
Research in research institutions, private or governmental;
Development project collaborators (governmental, national or international ngo’s, private);
Independent consultants;
Policy development, implementation and evaluation;
Administration of rural projects;
International and local food industries;
PhD programs.

For european and other students:

Overseas project collaborators for local and overseas governmental and local or international, non-governmental development organisations in the domains taught in the study programme;
Consultancy overseas after some years of experience;
Involved in Europe in some international organisations, active in the development cooperation field;
In administration as policy preparatory jobs;
In nutrition, rural development and/or agriculture research and project preparation;
Education and research and universities;
PhD programs;
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