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PlantHealth MASTER

PlantHealth – European Master Degree in PLANT HEALTH IN SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS is organised by a consortium of six Universities from four European countries: Montpellier SupAgro, Agrocampus Ouest and AgroParis Tech (France), University of Göttingen (Germany), University of Padova (Italy) and Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). These Universities are highly proficient and experienced in teaching courses on general and specific aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In addition, all partners have an excellent reputation in research on various fundamental and applied aspects in plant health management, and keep strong links with enterprises of the plant protection sector and research institutes in Europe.

Universitat Politècnica de València is the co-ordinating institution of the PlantHealth Consortium.

Plant health management is a key subject of global development with regard to food safety, food security and environmental preservation. With the increasing globalization and climate change new diseases and pests threatening agricultural production will occur and have to be tackled. In many parts of the world, plant protection products are not used according to advanced regulatory and safety standards. A key issue is the need to take into account the population dynamics of pests, pathogens or weeds in the context of the whole agro-ecosystem, including beneficials, and the impact of the cropping system. The development of safe crop protection methods requires the education of highly skilled professionals for crop protection management in a sustainable agriculture, in the developed countries as well as in the developing world. This is the core mission of the European Master Degree in Plant Health in sustainable cropping systems.

PlantHealth represents an innovation in its interdisciplinary focus, giving clear priority to complex research areas and global policy issues. A distinctive and important feature of the Consortium is the emphasis on applied research, and on teaching which is applicable in plant health management.

PlantHealth provides students with an attractive and innovative programme which shall allow them to develop the ability to see plant health in a broad context with a focus on sustainability, taking into account all relevant agronomic factors, like plant variety, nutrition, soil tillage, crop rotation, etc. Students will obtain the skills and knowledge of advanced mycology, virology, entomology, nematology and weed science, to efficiently analyse or diagnose biotic and/or abiotic constraints in productivity of Sustainable Cropping Systems.

 

Courses

The Courses take place in two different countries (at least one year in each country). A student will obtain 60 ECTS in the first-year University and the other required 60 ECTS (second year) in another University of the consortium.

In the first year, or M1, students must select between Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) or University of Göttingen (Germany). The M1 phase offers common education to deliver the same basis of knowledge to all the students and consists of compulsory modules on fundamental aspects in: crop sciences, crop protection, population biology, molecular biology and statistics. All the M1 courses are taught in English.

In the second year, or M2, students will choose a hosting University from the PlantHealth Consortium which necessarily must me located in a different country from that of the M1 (see mobility scheme). Students shall have the chance to specialise in particular topics of their interest to get a deeper knowledge in well-defined fields of integrated pest management in different agro-ecosystems across diverse climatic zones (see fields of specialisation in each M2). M2 courses are taught in English at all Partner universities, except at the French universities, where the language of instruction is French. All students will receive language courses to promote their academic success and facilitate their social integration.

The last semester will be devoted to the Master thesis.

Fields of specialisation developed in each M2:

Universities Specialization
French Universities (Montpellier SupAgro / Agrocampus Ouest / AgroParis Tech) Tropical horticulture and temperate vegetable crops
University of Göttingen Temperate crops, arable crops and crops for energy
Universitat Politècnica de València Mediterranean crops in orchards and greenhouses
University of Padova temperate fruit crops, ornamental plants and landscape

 

Successful PlantHealth students will obtain a Double Master Degree: each of the hosting Universities will award its own Master Degree, so the students will receive two degrees from two different countries after the completion of 120 ECTS.

 

Mobility Scheme

PlantHealth

 

Outcomes

The PlantHealth programme provides students access to the best research-based teaching programme on sustainable plant health management in Europe. A distinctive and important feature of the Master PlantHealth is the emphasis on applied plant health management.

Specific objectives of the programme include:

  • Educating young professionals in basic and advanced aspects of plant health management in a diversity of crop production systems and various regional/climatic situations following principles of sustainability.
  • Exposing students and scholars to the different realities of crop production systems and available environmental friendly means of crop protection according to regional specificities.

On completion of the PlantHealth Master Degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Diagnose and identify plant health problems
  • Analyse the causes of these problems and evaluate their environmental, economic and social consequences
  • Conceive technically adapted, economically viable, socially acceptable, health and environment benign solutions, meeting the requirements of sustainable cropping systems
  • Apply research methods, instruments and tools appropriately
  • Use their knowledge and skills in a wide range of agricultural contexts, and transfer the scientific advances to a wide range of projects and actors at international level.

 

Employability

PlantHealth provides successful graduates with the competencies necessary to work in sustainable plant health management, with a sound theoretical background, the ability to apply their knowledge, the skills to act at international level, and the cultural-awareness required in a globalised world. Successful students will be able to apply to high-level PhD programmes or pursue a career in the practical plant health sector.

At present, job opportunities in the diverse sectors of plant health management are considered to be particularly favourable and they are expected to further improve in the future. Governmental authorities need experts to adapt regulations and to establish national policies for plant protection. The demand for well-trained professionals is also high in professional organisations to support farmers in private and public extension services, and in the agrochemical companies. The agro-industry urgently needs graduates at Master or Ph.D. level for positions in research and development of molecules, stewardship, registration and marketing.

 

Students application process

Both self-funded candidates and scholarship applicants submit their application forms through the same on-line system, which can be accessed on this website. The application system will automatically guide you easily through the process.

Please, check the Guidelines for PlantHealth Applicants so as to obtain further details about the application system.

 

Admissions requirements

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science degree (180 ECTS) in Agronomy / Agricultural Sciences or related fields. 180 ECTS usually equal to a 3-year full-time undergraduate/bachelor degree, with at least 4 ECTS in Plant Health or Crop Protection, or equivalent.
  • Language proficiency documentation: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), except when English is your mother tongue.
  • Application complete including two reference letters;

NOTE: Pre-acceptance is conditional to meet the requirements of the different Partner Universities as regards enrolment at Master’s level. Please note that in order to confirm your registration in the PlantHealth master’s Degree you may need to provide legalised copies of degree and transcript of records, legal translations by a sworn translator, etc. This documentation is not required at application stage so you do not need to incur in certain expenses that are not necessary until you are pre-accepted in the Master’s Degree. In any case, we will inform you well in advance about the necessary requirements and documents you will need to provide.

 

Supporting documents required for application

List of the supporting documents to be attached to the application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Proof of place of residence 1;
  • Copy of degrees obtained with official seal (i.e. completed higher education studies). If in addition to the BSc certificate you have obtained other degrees (i.e. MSc and/or PhD), please submit a copy of all the degrees obtained;
  • Transcript of records for the whole degree (at least the BSc transcript of records)
  • Two referee letters
  • Certificates attesting language skills 2.
  • Declaration on honour
  • Other additional documents you may consider relevant for the evaluation of your application (publications, proof of refugee status, etc.)

NOTE: Applicants also have to state their preferred mobility scheme (the universities they want to attend, in accordance with the different options given by the PlantHealth Master’s degree). Please note that, while trying to respect your preferences, the PlantHealth Board will assign you an academic pathway subject to several factors (even distribution amongst partner Universities, academic profile, etc.) which may not necessarily be your preferred option.

 

1 Clarification as regards proof of residence

You will need to submit the following two documents:

  • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules (usually issued by the town council, or one of its offices, to attest the citizens residence. It may receive the name of “city registration”, “census certificate” or others), and
  • a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.

These docs must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.

 

2 Specific documents asked to attest language proficiency:

Students applying for the PlantHealth Master Degree must have at least a level B2 in English (European Language Levels: CEFR – Europass). Adequate English knowledge means that the applicant has achieved a specific minimum grade in an internationally recognized test or equivalent. The different types of proof of such an achievement which are accepted are as follows:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — at least level 5,5
  2. at least 520 credit points in the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based TOEFL)
  3. at least 190 credit points in the computerized Test of English as a Foreign Language (computer-based TOEFL)
  4. at least 70 credit points in the new internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  5. Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) — minimum grade B
  6. Cambridge Advanced (CAE): minimum grade C
  7. Official certificate of Level B2 according to the Common European Framework (CEF).

 

Selection Procedure

Selection and admission to the PlantHealth Master Programme is based on academic merit.

Both self-funded candidates and scholarship applicants submit their application forms through the same on-line system, which can be accessed on this website. The application system will automatically guide you easily through the process.

Candidates applying for a scholarship are subject to specific eligibility rules. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and the limitations established by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme (e.g. maximum three nationals from the same country among the scholarship holders, etc.). Moreover, a number of scholarships are reserved to promote gender balance (if necessary) and for applicants who can prove a situation of vulnerability or disadvantage.

Evaluation Grid

Criteria Weight
Academic excellence
(academic record and merits)
60%
Reference letters 20%
Personal motivation 20%

 

PlantHealth has a policy of equal opportunities for women, and gender balance will be considered carefully.

80% of the scholarships shall be allocated to the best-evaluated candidates. These 80% of the scholarships shall be evenly distributed among regions whenever the quality of the candidate is guaranteed.

The remaining 20% of scholarships shall be allocated to students with special needs (refugees, disadvantaged situation, handicapped, low income) and shall also be used to promote gender balance if necessary. If these scholarships are not used (because of lack of applicants who give proof of their situation of disadvantage, gender balance achieved without these promotion measures, etc.) these scholarships will be re-allocated to regular applicants, increasing the initial 80% of the scholarships for these candidates.

 

Fees

The fees and participation costs of the PlantHealth Master’s Degree are:

Students from Partner Countries Students from Programme Countries
PlantHealth FEES and PARTICIPATION COSTS 18.000(full 2-year master’s degree – 120 ECTS) 9.000 € (full 2-year master’s degree – 120 ECTS)

 

Programme Countries Partner Countries

EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Other Programme Countries:
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway,
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey

All other countries throughout the world

 

NOTE 1: Applicants from Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) must apply on a 'Programme country' status, the 'Programme country' being the Member State with which they are connected. The list of OCTs can be found at:
https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/regions/octs_en

NOTE 2:

  • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries count as Partner Country students.
  • Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12
    months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The five-year reference period for this
    12- months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortia) of applying for an EMJMD student
    scholarship.
  • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries count as Programme Country students. Students with a Partner
    Country citizenship who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-months rule) count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their
    scholarship application.

* The 12-months residency rule should not apply to the Partner Country candidates who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received a refugee status in a Programme Country.

The Fees and Participation Costs cover:

  • Health and accident insurance during the whole academic period;
  • The registration of the student as regular student of the partner universities;
  • Tuition fees;
  • Language courses at each HEI;
  • An e-Learning module;
  • Access to library and laboratories;
  • Student management, services and activities; support in visa application procedures, etc.;
  • For Year 1 (M1) students, the costs of the language courses in the language of the country where the student will attend the 2nd year (M2);
  • Initial Orientation Week for all PlantHealth students;
  • Registration and participation in the Final PlantHealth Conference;
  • All other academic and administrative fees (e.g. degree issuing from the two partner Universities attended, access fee, recognition fees, etc.);

Besides, you will be able to join the future PlantHealth Alumni Association and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association (http://www.em-a.eu/).

EU-funded EMJMD scholarships cover all fees and participation costs. Those grantees registering on a self-funded basis will be informed about the different payment options.

 

Financial Support: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJD) Scholarships

Expected EMJMD Scholarships offered

Type of scholarship 1st intake (2016-2018) 2nd intake (2017-2019) 3rd Intake (2018-2020) Total
Candidates from
Programme Countries
2 1 1 4
Candidates from
Partner Countries
14 14 11 39
Additional Scholarships for Asia – Region 6
(Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam)
1 1 1 3
Additional Scholarships for Latin America – Region 8
(Brazil and Mexico)
1 1 0 2
Additional Scholarships for ENI South – Region 3
(Algeria Egypt Israel Jordan Lebanon Libya Morocco Palestine, Syria and Tunisia)
0 3 3 6
TOTAL 18 20 16 54

* While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrolment, the EMJMD PlantHealth consortium accepts applications from students in the last year of their first higher education degree. Preference will be given to applications from students that already have this condition fulfilled at the time of application.

 

EMJMD Scholarships funding scheme

Those students who are awarded an EMJMD scholarship will benefit from the following financial support:

Partner Country scholarship Programme Country scholarship
Contribution to PlantHealth participation costs 18.000 € (full 2-year master’s degree) 9.000 € (full 2-year master’s degree)
Contribution to travel costs 2.000 € per year (if residence is less than 4.000 km from EMJMD coordinator: UPV)
3.000 € per year (if residence is 4.000 km or more from EMJMD coordinator: UPV)
1.000 € per year
Contribution to installation costs 1.000 € -
Living allowance
(max 24 months)
1.000 € per month (not when in country of residence, and max 3 months in any Partner Country) 1.000 € per month
(not when in country of residence)

 

NOTE: The funds corresponding to the concept “Contribution to PlantHealth participation costs” are directly collected by the PlantHealth Consortium and are not transferred to scholarship holders.

Distance calculator: If you apply for an EMJMD scholarship, you can check the applicable contribution to travel costs in:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm

 

Erasmus+ Master Loans

What is it?

Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment

 

Who can apply?

Higher education students who have been accepted for a full Master's study programme in another Erasmus+ Programme Country can apply for a loan to contribute to their costs.
Your destination country must be different from your country of residence, and from that where you obtained your Bachelor's degree.

 

How much can be borrowed?

Up to €12,000 for a one-year Master's course or up to €18,000 for a two-year Master's course.
More information on:
http://ec.europa.eu/education/opportunities/higher-education/masters-loans_en.htm

 

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