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Subject : Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

To maintain a harmonious balance between the demands of markets, society and sustainability, it is important to ensure access to healthy and safe food in consumer-oriented chains and to maintain sustainable production systems in a vital environment. This requires knowledge about the functioning, organisation and interactions between the subsystems (both production and consumption) in the dynamic food chain. These subsystems are influenced by political, economic, technological, socio-cultural and environmental factors. In order to understand and address these complex issues, the changes in the dynamic food chain need to be analysed and interpreted in an interdisciplinary context.

The Management, Economics and Consumer Studies programme aims to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct managerial, economic, environmental and sociological studies into the production and consumption of food within households and businesses in a sustainable and dynamic environment and to teach them to use an integrated approach.

Graduates of this programme will have:

  • a thorough understanding of the underlying managerial, economic, environmental or sociological theory (depending on the specialisation) and its application;
  • the knowledge and skills to formulate and solve problems;
  • the knowledge and skills to make recommendations, assessments and appropriate policy interventions in their selected specialisation;
  • the skills to solve complex problems using an integrated, interdisciplinary approach.
  • There are four specialisations:

  • Management studies, focuses on management in agri-business and throughout the agri food chain, including primary agriculture, the raw materials industry, the processing industry, financial institutions, and whole salers and retailers.
  • Consumer studies, focuses on the individual and the household (lifestyles and trends( and the factors affecting consumer behaviour.
  • Economics, environment and policy, focuses on issues relating to economic development, the agricultural sector and rural areas within the European Union and developing countries, environmental economics, natura resource management and environmental quality, and international trade.
  • Life sciences, innovation and management, focuses on companies in the agri-food, biotechnology and health sectors; it is based on a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as the plant and animal sciences, food sciences and technology.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in economics or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5