• Join a high quality education in designing and assessing public policies targeted to the agricultural and food sector as well as the rural environment
  • Understand and anticipate the various and often complex socio-economic and environmental effects of these policies
  • Participate in integrated and advanced theoretical, methodological and empirical courses in economics and quantitative methods
  • Link theory and practice by developing and presenting a problem-solving project as a Master’s thesis at the end of the two-year curriculum


The AFEPA programme is jointly organized by four European main partner universities and four associated partners. These eight partner universities are recognized world-wide for the quality of their educational programme and scientific achievements. You can find out more about the partners here.


The 120 ECTS credits required to obtain the Master’s degree of the AFEPA programme are structured into three blocks:

  • a minimum of two semesters of studies (60 ECTS credits) at a first main partner university
  • two semesters of studies (54 ECTS credits) at a second main partner university (including Master thesis)
  • two joint summer schools (6 ECTS) at partner universities

Some of the ECTS credits can also be earned from an associated partner university during the second academic year of the programme

Major / Minor

Besides the mandatory courses of 30 ECTS credits in theory and methods, optional courses can be selected to form a major of 30 ECTS credits or a minor of 15 ECTS credits in the following thematic fields:

  • Agri-food and trade policy
  • Environmental and natural resource policy
  • Agribusiness and market analysis
  • Market and consumer research
  • Development policy

An internship at an associated non-academic partner organization during the second year of study can also be taken for a 6 to 15 ECTS credits depending on the main partner university.


The language of instruction and examination is:

English for

  • all the courses at SLU, UBonn, UAlberta and UCSC
  • most of the courses at UCL and UPC
French for

  • some of the courses at UCL


Spanish for 

  • most of the courses at PUC

Examination can be organized in English at all partners.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well qualified to take responsibilities in international, national and regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, consultancy firms, professional organizations and private companies such as banks, insurances and agricultural, environmental and food business. Because of the research orientation of the AFEPA Master’s curriculum, they are also well prepared for doctoral studies.

Advisory Board

To ensure the relevance of the programme, an Advisory Board staffed with professionals from international organizations and companies has been recently established. Thanks to its expertise and foresight, it supports in many dimensions the development of this Master’s programme to the great benefit of university partners and students.


From the academic year 2010-11 until the academic year 2015-16, the AFEPA Master’s programme has been recognized and supported by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree (EMJMD). This support has been a key leverage for initializing and developing this Master’s programme.

The EACEA has renewed its commitment of recognizing and supporting the AFEPA Master’s programme as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) from the academic year 2019-20 until the academic year 2023-24. More information can be found here.