Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development

General information

IMRD - International Master of Sciences in Rural Development – (Joint Degree)

More information about the programme: https://www.imrd.ugent.be/programme

Structure of the Courses and Mobility Scheme of the Study: https://www.imrd.ugent.be/programme

The programme Erasmus Mundus – IMRD offers the opportunity for the students of SUA in Nitra to apply for the international master degree study that is organized by the consortium composed of 6 European and 9 non-European universities. Programme is realized within the grant scheme ERASMUS+, KA1, EMJMD.

About the Programme:
During the joint 2 years master course programme, the students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the area of rural development, regional development and agricultural economy. Teaching and courses at all universities of the consortium are conducted in English language – however, some of the selected courses can be delivered in other languages (e.g. German, French, Spanish, etc.).

After completion of study, the student will obtain international joint degree diploma in study programme “International Master of Science in Rural Development” (Joint Degree).

The joint degree diploma is issued by six European universities of the consortium:

• Ghent University (Belgium) - coordinator,
• Agrocampus Ouest (France),
Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany),
University of Pisa (Italy),
• University of Córdoba (Spain),
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia).

Other partner universities the students can study at are:

  • China Agricultural University (China),
  • Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (Ecuador),
  • Korea University (South Korea),
  • Nanjing Agricultural University (China),
  • Seoul National University (South Korea),
  • University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (India),
  • University of Arkansas  (USA),
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa).
  • The Can Tho University (Vietnam)


Organization of study:

  • 1. General Entrance Module – Semester I., 30-35 ECTS – all students study at Ghent University in Belgium
  • 2. Advanced Module I, - semester II., 15-40 ECTS – possibility to choose the partner university according to the rules of IMRD programme (study at least at 2 EU partner universities, inclusion of the study at partner university outside the EU)
  • 3. Case Study (Summer Course) – 10 ECTS, SUA in Nitra or University of Pisa
  • 4. Advanced Module II, - semester III., 15-40 ECTS – possibility to choose partner university according to the rules of IMRD programme (study at least at 2 EU partner universities, inclusion of the study at partner university outside the EU)
  • 5. Master Dissertation – Semester IV., 30 ECTS – at partner university of IMRD consortium
More information on the modules and courses: http://studiegids.ugent.be/2016/EN/FACULTY/I/MABA/IMRDEV/IMRDEV.html
Since the academic year 2010/2011, Erasmus Mundus scholarship can also be assigned to European students. This scholarship is meant to cover costs related to study (tuition, enrolment, case study, etc.). Students can also apply for other scholarships such as Erasmus and therefore cover the rest of the costs related to IMRD study.

Admission Requirements for IMRD study:

  • Minimum level of education – BSc. degree (min. 3 years) preferably in: bioscience engineering, agricultural sciences (preferably agricultural economics) with good overall scores
  • Demonstration of the basic training through Transcript of Records in: mathematics and/or statistics; agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences; social sciences/sociology and/or rural development and/or economics.
  • Language requirements: English language proficiency– to provide a certificate (not older than 5 years) of one of the following tests:
    • TOEFL IBT 80
    • TOEFL PBT 550
    • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score
    • CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
    • ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)

Application procedure:

The applications are submitted on-line. For more information, visit:

IMRD Technical local coordinator of SUA in Nitra:
Ing.Norbert Floriš
e-mail: norbert.floris@uniag.sk
tel.: +421 37 641 5081

Mgr.Veronika Straussová
e-mail: veronika.straussova@uniag.sk
tel.: +421 37 641 5080

IMRD Academic local coordinator:
prof. JUDr. Anna Bandlerová, PhD.
e-mail: anna.bandlerova@uniag.sk
tel:+421 37 641 5077