Erasmus Mundus MSc Food of Life Scholarships, Europe

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EM Food of Life is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. The two-year Masters Course builts on the expertise of four European universities:

Integration of Animal Science and Food Science and Technology

EM Food of Life is a cross-disciplinary Masters Course in the science of animal-derived foods. In a unique way, the course combines animal science and food science and technology focusing on social as well as cultural and, of course, scientific aspects of the food production chain.

What will I study?

Through the EM Food of Life Masters Course, you will acquire basic theoretical knowledge, practical techonologies, and research and development methodologies preparing you for a career in the food production industries. You will work with topics such as:

  • How to meet increased global requirements for meat and milk products
  • How to deal with increased emphasis on product quality, proven health benefits for the consumer
  • How to improve animal health and welfare reduced environment impact

Two Universities - Double Degree
As an EM Food of Life student, you must study in two of the consortium partner countries. If you hold an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, these two countries must be different from the country in which you obtained your last university degree.

You will also have the opportunity for a shorter study period in Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand or Italy.

The course is taught in English and leads to the award of a Double Degree (120 ECTS) in animal science and/or food science disciplines, depending on the choice of institutions.

EU funding
Every year 17-20 scholarships are available for Non-EU students (24.000 EUR/year) and EU students (10.000 EUR/year).

Double Degree
The EM Food of Life Masters Course leads to a Double Degree, i.e. two nationally recognised MSc degrees of 120 ECTS.

Depending on your host institutions, the following degrees are awarded:

  • Master of Science in Animal-Derived Foods - University of Copenhagen
  • Master of Science (two year) with a major in Animal Science - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Master of Science in Food Sciences - University of Helsinki
  • Master of Science in Research in Animal and Food Sciences - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Diploma Supplement
The EM Food of Life Double Degree includes a Diploma Supplement providing a detailed description of the chosen tracks and modules.

Non-EU and EU Students
The EM Food of Life Masters Course is open to non-EU and EU students.

Every year approx. 17-20 EU scholarships are available.

  • Category A Scholarships for Third-Country nationals: Total € 48.000 EUR
  • Category B Scholarships for European nationals and others complying with the 12 months rule: Total € 20.000

Category A scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the 27 EU member states and the EEA-EFTA states: Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: you must not be a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Category B scholarships can be awarded to any masters students who do not fulfil the category A criteria defined above, i.e. nationality requirement and 12 months rule.

For both categories please note:

  1. You must study in two of the consortium partner countries.
  2. The two countries must be different from the country in which you obtained your last university degree.

It is possible to be admitted to the Course, even though you are not awarded a scholarship. You will then have to cover EM Food of Life participatory costs. If you finance your study yourself, you are allowed to study in the country of your last university degree.

Non-EU Scholars
Every year, the EM Food of Life Masters Course awards a limited number of scholarships to third-country scholars/guest lecturers, who wish to spend time at one of the four European partner institutions giving lectures, supervising projects, doing research etc.

  • Scholarship: 1.200 EUR / week

Next Application Deadline (for the academic year 2012/13): 1 December 2011 - Category A and B applicants

Application form including all enclosures must be received by the Secretariat by this date.

Admission Criteria

  • A good first university degree within relevant discipline (animal science, food science or technology, other biological science) (weight 60%)
  • High proficiency in English : IELTS score: 6.0 TOEFL score: 560/IBT 83 (weight 10%)
  • Strong personal statement of motivation (weight 10%)
  • Good recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academic (weight 10%)
  • Relevant work experience (weight 10%)

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