The International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology is a newly developed Master programme, based on the merger of the Master of Science in Nematology (PINC) and the European Master of Science in Nematology (EUMAINE). It will run from the academic year 2015-2016 onwards
This Master programme is a 2nd cycle higher education programme consisting of 120 credits, to be taken over 2 years, each consisting of 60 credits. For clarity the 4 consecutive semesters that make up these two years are indicated as 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The first semester consists of 7 compulsory general nematology courses for a total of 31 credits.
From the second semester onwards the student can choose between 4 majors, each focusing on a different field within nematology. In order to ensure a flexible degree programme, there will also be the opportunity to select courses outside of the chosen major:
1. Biocontrol and Integrated Pest Management
2. Bio-indicators, Biomonitoring and Ecotoxicology
3. Biotechnology and Model Organisms
4. International Capacity Building and Sustainability
For each chosen major, the student will be required to take a number of compulsory courses (CS) and to choose from elective courses (EC) for a minimum of 30 credits spread over semesters 2, 3 and 4. Students will also have the opportunity to do an internship to gain experience in the working in Nematology.
Another 29 credits will be chosen from any of the majors (both the compulsory and elective courses) or from any programme of Ghent University or from another university, subject to the approval of the Faculty of Sciences.
Or, instead of staying in Ghent, the students can also select an international mobility track of 25 credits in the third semester. Courses can be followed at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), Bonn University (Germany), the University of Évora (Portugal) or North-West University (South-Africa).
Finally, in the second year, students will complete a Masters dissertation of 30 credits. Students will also be able to undertake this research project in any of the following universities/institutes/companies during the 4th semester:
- Ghent University, Belgium
- Wageningen University, The Netherlands
- Bonn University, Germany
- The University of Évora, Portugal
- North-West University, Potchefstroom, South-Africa
- E-nema, Kiel, Germany
- The National Plant Protection Service, Wageningen, The Netherlands
- The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Belgium
- The University of Jaén, Spain
- The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK
- The Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
- Jimma University, Ethiopia
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Nigeria/Kenya
- International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, ICIPE, Kenya