Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme

General Objectives


The general objective of the joint International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD) is to train students from European and non-European countries, from developed, developing and transition countries to become specialists in Integrated Rural Development with focus on socio-economic and institutional aspects. The joint International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD) offers the opportunity to study international visions on Rural Development and rural economics, and to make comparative analyses of EU and non-EU agricultural and rural development strategies and policies; 


On a successful completion of the program, students are, due to their high level academic and multi-disciplinary training and multi-cultural experience, able to: 


In order to achieve these general objectives and learning outcomes, the 2 year Master programme (amongst others supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union) is jointly organized by six European leading institutes in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, in collaboration with several partners in the United States, China, Ecuador, India, and South-Africa. 


Students can obtain the IMRD degree through different learning paths. Students study in at least two EU partner universities 


Attainment targets


In the first semester of the program, a general entrance module is offered for which the following learning objectives are formulated: 


The advanced modules enable the students to study specific topics of rural development at a specialized level. Advanced modules are offered at any of the six EU partners (Ghent University, Humboldt University Berlin, Agrocampus Ouest (Rennes), Slovak University of Agriculture (Nitra), Università di Pisa and University of Cordoba).


Rural Development in non-European Countries 

Students have the opportunity to get acquainted with rural development in a non-European context by taking up a module, and/or by doing research in a non-European partner university: 

The course offer includes training on rural development theories and policies applied in their region, and field experience for collecting and interpreting data.