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Academic admission

Every year, admission in the master ACT is considered through two rounds of application. You can apply either at Round 1 (between October and January) or at Round 2 (between March and May).

Be aware that an application can be considered only once a year: if you have applied for the first round without success, you cannot apply again at the second round.

Academic admission refers to the right to follow the course, after a review of the academic background and professional project of the applicant.

Beyond the question of the languages of education, the minimum admission criteria are the same for all students irrespective of their country of origin or of the training track they apply for:

  • – Bachelor of Sciences (180 ECTS) or equivalent in Agricultural sciences or Environmental sciences. Candidate’s background at graduate level can be in agriculture, agricultural development, agricultural economics, animal sciences, animal production, forestry,  soil science, natural resources management, water management (in agriculture), environment, biodiversity management (list is indicative). Candidates from such background with also a minimum of 15 ECTS in Development economics or Environmental economics will be appreciated.
    – or Bachelor of Arts/Sciences (180 ECTS) in Social or Political Sciences with a compulsory competence (30 ECTS or equivalent) in development economics or environmental economics. These candidates should compulsory demonstrate a strong interest and a minimum personal experience in agriculture such as (i) family in agriculture or (ii) internships in farms (min. 2 months), or professional experience in NGOs (or similar institutions working on the field in rural areas). Candidates with this background may be however not admitted in certain M1 (like in Montpellier) or M2 (like Meteorological modelling and agricultural adaptation offered in Vienna).
  • Verified excellent quality of the institution where this last degree was obtained;
  • Excellent academic background with marks identifying the candidate among the 20% best students of his former studies (1st class degree);
  • Strongly convincing letter of motivation and 2 letters of support from referees.

1. Choice of the training tracks

The candidate is invited to select the M1 and the Specialisation (M2) she /he applies for.
The choice of the M1 is the first decision to take : remember the M1 in Seville is given in Spanish (and in english by theend of the year), whereas it is given in French (and in english in the second semester) at Montpellier. In Galway the M1 is in English. Also the programmes are not organised on the same way in the three places, but globally the learning objectives are similar .
After the M1, the question is to choose the specialisation (M2). This choice is requested from the application time.The combination of the M1 and the M2 defines the study track that the candidate has chosen.

Once the admission is official, the candidate has to follow the chosen study tracks. Limited changes remain possible once the student has started the course, only upon agreement with the coordinator and the tutors in charge of the M1 and the M2.

2. Language test

 When the candidate is selected, she/he will be asked to produce a certificate in the language of his chosen M1 training (spanish, french or english). When a candidate fails to produce a successful language test before arrival, her/his admission may be cancelled.

English: IELTS 6 in English is required for the M1 in Galway.

French: For students starting their training track at Montpellier, the TFI (French International Test www.fr.tfi-europe.com/) level 427 (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference) has to be proven and this allows students to arrive directly at the Orientation Week, mid August. Students who can not prove a B2 level should arrive on July 1st, and attend the Agriculture summer course organised at Montpellier.

Spanish: For students starting the M1 at Seville, when they are not native speakers,  a Spanish test for the level B2 will also be required. Admitted candidates who cannot prove this level will be required to follow intensive Spanish courses in Seville in September and October.

All tests have to be sent to the Master ACT secretariat before May 15th. In case they encounter serious difficulties to take the language test within this deadline, students should inform the Master ACT secretariat.

Beware: the selection is high !

Master ACT is a high level Master of Science and the selection at admission is severe.

Only candidates who are able to show evidence of a very good level and well-constructed motivation have a chance to be admitted. Within this group, preference will be then given to candidates with appropriate professional experience and strongly convincing recommendations by an academic or a professional body.

Candidates who cannot show evidence of such criteria are invited to refrain from applying.