Master Sciences et Technologies de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et de l’Environnement

Master of Science Agrofood Chain

Entry requirements : Bachelor’s degree
Degree level : Master’s degree (1-2 years completion time)
The MSC Agrofood Chain is a national degree. The course is accredited by Toulouse INP-ENSAT and ENSFEA.
Field of study : Agrifood, sciences, agronomy, ecology, economics
Disciplines : agricultural economics, microbiology, food safety, nutrition, agroecology, marketing
Teaching language : English
Academic institutes : INP-ENSAT, ENSFEA
Location of classes : ENSFEA Toulouse Auzeville

The current context of demographic, food and agro-ecological transitions raises new challenges for actors along local as well as global agricultural food chains : securing food supply in a sustainable way, managing risks and food safety, value enhancement and/or re-use of by-products …
The newly trained graduates shall be able to develop a clear vision about the complexity of agricultural food chains, their contemporary transformation and the emerging issues.
The originality and strength of this program are built upon a multidisciplinary and complex thinking approach consisting in the integration of different disciplines and the partnership with a unique network of research centers and companies.
This program aims to accompany students in the acquisition of :

  • specific knowledge, methods and skills to diagnose problems at all levels of the value chains, develop a prospective analysis of emerging issues, identify current and future needs and work with different stakeholders on the elaboration of innovative and sustainable answers,managerial and interpersonal skills necessary to lead research and development projects in collective settings and an international environment.
  • specific knowledge, methods and skills to diagnose problems at all levels of the value chains, develop a prospective analysis of emerging issues, identify current and future needs and work with different stakeholders on the elaboration of innovative and sustainable answers,managerial and interpersonal skills necessary to lead research and development projects in collective settings and an international environment.

For that purpose, the training approach is based on a combination of lectures, numerous real-life case studies, internships, research-development projects tutored by researchers and professionals.

60 ECTS credits (Semester 1 is S1 and Semester 2 is S2)

  • Agrofood chains, sustainability and innovation : concepts and methods (S1)
  • Fundamentals of agronomy, agricultural economics, ecology and biotechnology sciences (S1)
  • Multidisciplinary courses in industrial organization, rural development, agro-ecology, valorization of biotic and abiotic resources (S2)
  • Fundamentals of research methodology (S1, S2)
  • Case studies and multidisciplinary problem resolution projects (S1, S2)
  • Global seminar in partnership with international universities (S1)
  • Two-month internship in a research lab or interprise (S2)
  • Scientific and corporate communication in French and English (S1, S2)

60 ECTS credits (Semester 1 is S1 and Semester 2 is S2)

  • Managing quality, risk and uncertainty in agrofood chains (S1)
  • Food security, food safety and nutrition (S1)
  • Advanced courses in agronomy, agricultural economics, ecology and food sciences (S1)
  • Advanced courses in research methodology (S1)
  • Project management (S1)
  • Multidisciplinary research projects (S1)
  • Five to six-month internship in a research lab or enterprise/ research essay (S2)

Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic qualifications, results, work experience as well as motivation and proficiency in English. An on-line interview between the applicant and the teaching staff is part of the admission process.
The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Applicants are required to submit an English international language certificate to demonstrate their level.

Fees

Applicants will be required to pay  9000 € fees per year. Annual tuition fees can be reduced down to  5000 € under certain conditions : academic performances, motivations, social criteria, country of origin, partnership from universities.

Scholarships

Students can apply to different scholarship programs (governmental scholarships, European student mobility programs, French Eiffel and French Embassies’s cholarship programs, training support programs from private foundations and companies).

Students can live in halls of residence short distance to the ENSFEA campus (Résidence du “Vert savoir”). Applications for student accommodation can be downloaded on accommodation section

All the practical information needed for international students is available in English on Welcome Desk website and  its Toul’box section.

Job opportunities

The Agrofood Chain program is designed to train future researchers and executives aiming at international careers in the private or state sectors of agriculture, food, environment and non-food valorization of agro-resources. Researchers in food enterprises and agricultural research institutes, experts in governmental and international institutions, academics, associates in consulting firms, advisors in farmer organizations are examples of job positions held by former students.

Further studies

After their Master Degree, about one-fourth of the students enroll in a Ph.D. program in the areas of agricultural and food sciences.

 
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