The European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits. The academic programme consists of a number of compulsory courses for 30 ECTS credits, a number of optional courses and supplementary courses for 54 ECTS credits, two short summer schools for 6 ECTS credits and a thesis for 30 ECTS credits.
The core courses provide the students with a shared background in microeconomics (including consumer theory, producer theory, general equilibrium theory and welfare economics) and quantitative methods (including statistics and econometrics).
The optional courses broaden and deepen the students’ empirical and theoretical knowledge directly relevant for the economic analysis of agricultural, food and environmental policy issues. The courses require in some cases a good command over the subject covered in the core courses and should therefore be taken during the second year.
Supplementary courses may be in any other discipline recognised by the AFEPA Management Board to deepen or broaden the academic curriculum. Examples of such courses are Ethics, Environmental Law, Trade Law, Finance, Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics and Geographic Information System. Languages courses should not exceed a maximum recognition of 5 ECTS credits.
The thesis shall draw on and deepen subjects covered in the courses of the programme. It shall be 40-60 pages long. It has to be submitted and presented orally by the student at the end of the second year of studies. Students may adopt a theoretical or empirical approach, but are encouraged to address a concrete policy issue.
AFEPA students are associated with a total of two of the four main partner universities participating in the AFEPA programme with the possibility to have a study stay of one quarter or semester at one of the three associated partner universities participating in the AFEPA programme. In general students spend their first academic year at UBonn or UCL which offer the core courses in microeconomics and quantitative methods. Students then spend their second academic year in one of the three other main partner universities with the possibility to have a short study stay at one of the three associated universities. However, when indicated, students may be allowed to spend only one semester in the second partner university.
Both at the end of first and second years all Master’s students are gathered at one of the main partner universities for a summer school consisting of a two-week programme of workshops, lectures and field trips. At the end of the first year of study students present a research proposal, and at the end of the second year their Master thesis for discussion by fellow students and participating faculty.
At the start of the Master’s programme each student is associated with a faculty member who with the student establishes a study programme according to the interest of the student, but also to establish appropriate depth, scope and consistency with respect to the courses to be followed.
To pass from the first to the second year of the Master’s programme students need in general to have completed the core courses and acquired at least 20 ECTS credits in optional and supplementary courses.