Erasmus Mundus - Master of Science Food Identity

February 28, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Romania
Angers, Lempdes, Thessaloniki, Piacenza, Cluj-Napoca


Become an expert in the development of local and traditional food products. Higher education in both Food Science and agribusiness for local and traditional food products. The MSc programme combined scientific and technical knowledge and field experience. It provides an in-depth knowledge for traditional and local production. Erasmus Mundus scholarships now available.


Food consumption is deeply rooted in the culture and the emotion. Eating is a vital need as it is a means of social integration, a source of pleasure and a reflection of convictions and self-image. In addition, everywhere in the world and in Europe, in particular, local agriculture and local food products are linked to communities, habits and know-hows. Local, traditional food products and products of origin designation are getting a greater attention by many actors (politics, citizens, consumers and tourists). These foods are a gateway to other cultures, people and places.
Agriculture, rural development and sustainability are major concerns for governments around the world. In this context, the European Commission has developed quality schemes for these kinds of food products, and more specifically Geographical Indication labels (PDO, PGI and TSG) or other quality labels like organic food and products of mountain. These traditional food products and products of origin are mainly produced in SMEs in a globalised context ruled by international food regulations, European and national policies. The latter are facing certain external and internal challenges and need to further develop their production and marketing skills, within this complicated framework. Consequently, there is a need for experts of the development, protection and promotion of these food products, of having a comprehensive understanding of the situation.
The master Food Identity is a multidisciplinary programme. It trains future experts in the agri-food sector –with an international vision of culture, regulation, market analysis and competences- in food processing, authentication, sensory analysis, quality control, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. The joint MSc programme is designed to develop both technical and commercial skills through a curriculum focusing on local and traditional food products. It takes place in 4 countries (France, Italy, Romania and Greece). The training combines theory with practical experiences gained through applied work in pilot plants, visits to production sites and to retailers. They work on case studies hand in hand with producers and other professionals. This path gives all the essential elements and tools for a successful development of local and traditional food products from the producers to the consumers within the global market context.

The MSc programme

The MSc programme is designed as follows:

  • A 4-semester course & 120 ECTS (European Credit transfert system)
  • The course is taught in 4 European countries (See the map in Partners section to localise the places)
  • Taught in English but learning French language during the programme is mandatory for the 3rd semester in France (Beginner and no French speaker accepted)
  • 1 Study trip of 2 weeks in Greece + many visits of local food companies
  • 6-month professional project (work placement in professional structure: lab or company)

Diploma degrees

The MSc Food Identity programme is a European Joint Master course delivering a mix of joint and multiple degrees.

These different degrees have national accreditations in France, in Italy and Romania.

  • In FRANCE, the degree is one single joint degree delivered by 3 institutions: Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures, VetAgroSup Clermont and Université d’Angers. This degree is named DNM or Diplôme National de Master.

The DNM is registered in domains of education and confers a ‘mention‘. In this mention exists also the track (parcours) Food IDentity. The degree was renewed for accreditation in 2017 for 5 years. The complete name and reference in the French education system are the following:

Domaine Sciences, Technologies, Santé Mention: Sciences et technologie de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement Parcours: Food Identity (accredited for 2017-2021; n° 20170963; NOR: ESRS1700126A)

The MSc degree in the European approach for quality Assurance:

The DNM degree is renewed every 4-5 years by the French ministry of education (MESRI) after an evaluation controled by Haut Conseil de l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (HCERES). HCERES is a French institution in the European Framework for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The role of EQAR is to keep a register of the quality assurance agencies that comply with the requirements of the European standards (ESG). At EU level, the external evaluation of HCERES is done by the European Association for Quality in Higher Education (ENQA) which promote the quality assurance framework within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

  • USAMV – Cluj-Napoca, Romania the awarded degree is under the national accreditation of the Romanian Ministry of Education which has accreditated the Masterat Agribusiness of USAMV. This accreditation is renewed every year.
  • UCSC – Piacenza, Italy is delivering a Master universitario di primo livello Food-Identity (Prodotti tipici europei). This accreditation is renewed every year by UCSC to the italian Ministry of Education.

At USAMV as well as at UCSC, the accreditations are controled by national agencies for quality assurance in the framework of ENQA.

This situation lead to a mix of a joint French MSc degree (DNM among French Higher Education Institutions) and other national degrees in Italy and Romania (situation called multiple degrees at European level).

In term of consortium organisation, a diploma jury is organised once a year for the 3 degrees and to validate the track of the students. Any student needs to earn 120 ECTS credits to validate his/her degree. ECTS awarded in France, in Italy and in Greece are recognised by institutional partners to validate their own degree. The italian master degree requires, on top of this mutual recognition, a dichiarazione di valore for the previous foreign degree (BSc for example) from the Italian consulate where is obtained this degree. This declaration of value must be done before the diploma jury to obtain the Italian degree.

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Admission requirements

Who can apply?

  • Students wishing to further their education
  • Company staff wishing to obtain the National Diploma of Master (French DNM) by the way of adult training or to complete their knowledge with “à la carte” modules (no degree awarded)

Applications are examined individually.

Admission requirements

To attend this course, students must have successfully completed a diploma of higher education in science. It can be, for example…

a “Bachelor of Science” (3 years of scientific training or economic or sociology science), a MSc degree, or equivalent diploma for other countries.

The same admission requirements apply to company staff wishing to obtain a MSc by the way of continuing education. Each candidate will be examined individually by the Pedagogical committee.

Language level

A good level of English is compulsory (CEFL B2 or equivalent). A level of French is not required for the recruitment. However, reaching B1+ in French with French lessons during semester 1 & 2 for some teaching activities on semester 3 is mandatory. French language lessons for non French speakers is mandatory during the programme. Other languages, in particular those spoken in partner universities, are a good asset for the recruitment.

Students can attend an intensive French language course before the beginning of the Master course:

  • You can attend a French course (FLE: French as a Foreign Language) in the first 15 days of September with the other foreign students in the group. (included in the MSc fees)
  • You can also decide to come earlier in July and/or August to follow a 1 or 2 month-intensive training in French (contact us for details on possibilities).


Deadline: February 28, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

The EMJMD student scholarship includes:

  • a contribution to the student participation costs (including tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students’ participation in the EMJMD study programme
  • a contribution to student travel and installation costs
  • a monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme

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