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.
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.
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);
Policy development, implementation and evaluation;
Administration of rural projects;
International and local food industries;
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;