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Master of Science in Food & Agribusiness Management



With the increasing impact of globalisation and advancing technologies, the food, agrienergy and agricultural industries are in a state of expansion and evolution. As two of the world’s leading countries in agribusiness, France and Brazil are poised to play a fundamental role in the future of the food industry. 

In the FAM programme, you’ll learn to excel in all aspects of food and agribusiness management, explore the latest design trends in the field, incorporate design thinking and techniques into your work and share best practices from all over the world. You’ll also earn degrees from two of the top schools in France and Brazil:

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Applications are still open for the 2018 intake. For non-EU candidates, applications are open until June 15. For EU candidates, applications are open until June 30. Please note that applications may close earlier if the class is full.

Key information

  • Degree earned: Master of Science from Audencia Business School in France; Master from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Brazil
  • Language: English
  • Programme start: September 
  • MSc Duration: Classes from September to June followed by a 4 to 6 month internship or professional mission


  • MSc: €16,000
  • Pre-MSc + MSc: €21,000


  • Proficiency in English
  • MSc: 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Pre-MSc + MSc: 3-year bachelor’s degree in any field


Prepare to help the global food and agribusiness sectors reinvent themselves! You’ll gain the tools you need to design innovative solutions for the challenges these enterprises face, manage all aspects of agribusiness operations and market food products effectively. Your programme includes:

  • Internationalised study in both France and Brazil
  • Courses taught by top Audencia and IED faculty as well as ABAG industry professionals
  • Guest lectures and workshops led by industry experts
  • Field trips to a variety of SME, SMI and multinational agribusiness companies
  • Practical master’s project with Terrena, expert in responsible, ecologically intensive farming
  • Collaborative, cross-disciplinary project between agribusiness, design, veterinary, law and management students (id4Food)
  • Worldwide, hands-on internship

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management during your Pre-MSc programme. Topics may include:

  • Team Building and Leadership Development
  • Conflict Management
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Management
  • Corporate Strategy Analysis
  • EU Commercial Relation and Incentive
  • Cross-cultural and Comparative Management: EU vs US vs Asia
  • French as a Foreign Language (for international students)
  • Multilingual project and public speaking for French speakers 

While your programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French and Portuguese to your steadily increasing list of qualifications. 

Portuguese for beginners (Mandatory): A total duration of 40 hours of Portuguese as a Foreign Language is included in your programme and counts for 4 ETCS credits.

French intensive week for all levels (Optional): total duration of 30 hours; total cost of €140 (starts about one week before your programme)

French weekly classes for all levels (Optional): total duration of 22.5 hours; total cost of €105 (September-December)

Prepare French Language Certificates (Optional): Audencia’s French language classes do not prepare you for French language tests such as the DELF or DALF. However, our main campus is situated just across the road from the University of Nantes’ language department. You may choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes there. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

Period 1 (September to mid-November)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of food and agribusiness management, taking 20 ECTS at Audencia in Nantes, France, and participating in field trips across France. Courses may include:

  • Strategy for Agribusiness Management
  • Financial Management Applied to Agribusiness
  • Human Resources Management in an Agrifood Environment
  • Marketing and Food Business
  • Operations Management
  • Digital Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in an Agrifood Environment
  • Business Game
  • Id4Food project – phase 1 (with Oniris, University of Nantes, School of Design, ESA Angers)
  • Portuguese as a Foreign Language
  • Methodology for business plan

Period 2 (December to February)

Now it’s time to dig deeper into the field, taking another 20 ECTS and continuing to participate in field trips. You’ll also undertake a field project in France, working in a team on an industry-related case. Courses will be taught primarily by Audencia. Courses may include:

  • Food Value Chain and Performance
  • Sensorial & nutritional approach for food products
  • Id4Food project – phase 2 (with Oniris, University of Nantes, School of Design, ESA Angers)
  • Portuguese as a Foreign Language
  • Introduction to Brazilian culture and Agribusiness
  • Advanced marketing 1 (international marketing, B2B marketing, international trading)
  • Advanced marketing 2 (food packaging, food merchandising and category management)

Period 3 (mid-March to mid-May)

At this point, you’ll move your studies to São Paulo, Brazil, taking a further 20 ECTS to build your expertise. You’ll participate in field trips and a field project in Brazil. Example courses include:

  • Principles of Animal Genetics
  • Marketing “Before the Farm”
  • Marketing Strategies in the Public Sector
  • Marketing of Agricultural Production
  • Marketing “After the Farm” – Agro Industry Farms
  • Reverse Marketing – Retail Industry
  • Agribusiness Geopolitics
  • Communication Strategies
  • Social Media and Internet Governance
  • Media for Agribusiness
  • Sales and Distribution Channels Planning
  • International Legislation and Regulation
  • Tax Management – Governance Models from USA and EEC
  • Marketing of Cooperatives and Associations
  • Public Strategies and Agribusiness Policy
  • Agribusiness Design Thinking
  • Sustainability Management in Agribusiness
  • Disruptive Innovation: Trends to the Future
  • Anthropology of Food, Innovations and Crisis in the Food Sector 
  • Strategic Design
  • Big Corporations and Positioning Strategy

A wide range of field trips and field projects in both France and Brazil will expand your real-world knowledge in an international context. This equips you to analyse issues facing the sector and apply your skills to solve problems.

In France, visits may include Terrena, D’aucy, Orvia, Eurofins, MIN, Diana Pet Food, Neovia, Olmix, SIA (Paris international agricultural show), SIAL (international food exhibition), Valorex

In Brazil, visits may include Cacau Show, Agrishow, PariPassu, the Port of Santos, Nestlé Nespresso, the Accenture Innovation Center, Canal Rural and more (subject to availability). 

Field trips and field projects are a component of each period.

Period 4 (June to October or December)

During your four- to six-month mandatory internship, you will gain an inside look into the day-to-day operations and marketing of an enterprise in the food or agricultural sector anywhere in the world. Audencia students complete the internship before graduation for 30 ECTS. Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

The internship highlights your ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting, helping you build your network and strengthen future career possibilities.

Example positions held by FAM interns:

  • Market access specialist
  • Assistant project manager
  • Finance assistant
  • Purchasing assistant
  • Marketing and international trade assistant
  • International sales account manager
  • Junior business developer

Period 4 (June to December)

In addition to the internship, you will cap your programme with a professional dissertation (30 ECTS) examining an issue in the agribusiness industry – and proposing a solution.

We encourage you to use your internship as the basis for this dissertation, highlighting your real-world experience and demonstrating your value to prospective employers. You’ll submit the written report and give an oral presentation in December (at Audencia or via Skype).

International partners

Audencia is among the elite 1% of business schools to hold triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. Our strong international partnerships serve as the foundation of your FAM programme. You’ll work with faculty members who have extensive industry experience, researchers who specialise in the field, and agribusiness and agrienergy corporate partners.

With 13 locations in nine cities throughout Europe and South America, IED offers students an authentic, modern culture and decades of experience in the theory and practice of design. More than 10,000 students attend IED every year, and 90% of graduates find work within six months of earning their degree.

The FAM programme works closely with the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the main industry association for this sector, to develop state-of-the-art research and education. You will also be taught by leading professors in Brazil within the Biomarketing Educational Network

The FAM programme partners with the following influential agribusiness and agrienergy corporate partners and organisations:

Career & alumni

The world’s massive agricultural industry needs leaders who can tackle complex issues. With the global population growing at unprecedented rates, food production will need to double by 2050 – and geopolitical matters, limited water supplies and concerns about sustainability are becoming increasingly important.
 As a FAM graduate, you’ll have two key advantages in the global agribusiness marketplace:

  • A double degree (Master of Science and Master)
  • Practical experience in two national business environments

Note: All statistics on this page are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

The insights and experience you gain from leading global agribusinesses throughout the FAM will qualify you for a range of positions and industries.

Example positions include:

  • Marketing manager
  • Product manager
  • Purchaser and negotiator
  • Retail manager
  • Nutrition division manager
  • Ingredient marketing and communications
  • Market researcher
  • Sales manager
  • Demand planning and order fulfilment manager
  • Commodity consultant

Example industries include:

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Animal health
  • Fertilizer and crop protection
  • Grains and oil seeds
  • Food retail
  • Seeds
  • Beef, poultry and swine
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Dairy products
  • Ethanol
  • Sugar and food ingredients

France & Brazil: Global agribusiness leaders

Learning and working in these two nations will have a profound effect on your career. You’ll make invaluable connections with industry professionals in both countries, which can lead to internships and careers in the field. You’ll also have access to both Audencia and IED’s job boards and career services, meaning you’ll benefit from both our international partnerships across the globe.

With €178 billion in annual revenue, France’s food industry is the largest in Europe. Agribusiness is the country’s largest national employment sector. 

Nantes is located at the crossroads of the two most important agricultural and agrifood regions in France – Loire-Atlantique and Brittany. This area is also home to the largest concentration of cooperatives, SMEs and multinational agribusiness companies in France.

As the world’s seventh-largest economy, Brazil is expected to play a fundamental role in the future of agribusiness. During the last four decades, the country has gone from being an overall importer of food to being one of the largest exporters. It has increased production by an astounding 291%.

Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee, sugar cane, sugar and oranges. Furthermore, the country is the leader in sugar and poultry export; second only to the US in ethanol fuel export; and third in beef export. In fact, agribusiness now provides one-third of all jobs in the country and accounts for approximately 22% of the country’s GDP. São Paulo is a major hub for agribusiness in South America.

A multinational professional network

Because you will be studying at two premier schools of management, you will benefit from the large professional networks of two career service departments. During the programme, you will have the chance to establish connections with leading agribusiness firms in each country.

Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics

Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

Audencia Alumni

Join more than 24,000 Audencia Business School alumni working across the globe. Audencia Alumni includes 200+ communities in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

nationalities (class of 2018)
working internationally
of graduates go on to be entrepreneurs

Admissions & finance

Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.

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  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Proficiency in English*


  • Completion of Pre-MSc programme

Pre-MSc + MSc:

  • 3-year bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Proficiency in English*

Note: You can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria.

GPA (55%)

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0

English proficiency (40%)

  • Test (up to 40% possible, depending on score)
    TOEFL: 60-120
    TOEIC: 600-990
    IELTS: 5.0-8.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 35% possible)
  • Native speaker (40% automatically awarded)

Professional experience (5%)

  • 1-12 months (1%)
  • 13-36 months (3%)
  • 37+ months (5%)

We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.

Recognised school (5%)

  • Ranked (ARWU/QS/THE)
  • Accredited (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET)

Diversity (5%)

  • Countries not represented in the class in the past two years (contact us to check your eligibility)

French (5%)

  • For B2 language levels

GMAT or GRE (5%)

  • GMAT: 500+
  • GRE: 300+

You may begin your online application at any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full. However we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January. You can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346x366 pixels)

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact the Office of International Relations for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15 - 20-minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will have a decision within 11 days of your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within 18 days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees (€1,500).

    Please contact our admissions office with further questions.

Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management


Pre-MSc+ Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management


Other costs linked to school fees

Application fee: €100

Compulsory registration with the student social security system (students under 28 years of age): As an example, the total for 2016/2017 was €215. The fee must be paid at the latest on the first day of the first school year, and for subsequent years before 30 September.

Costs such as visa fees, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

There are a range of scholarships you may be eligible for. Please contact us with questions.

Early application€1,000
  • For candidates who submit their application before 31 January
Food for Thought Scholarship  Up to 25%
  • Project-based scholarship for innovation in food and agribusiness
  • Find out more here

*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Office of International Relations. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programme. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated.

Scholarship or loanDetails
Eiffel scholarships
  • For non-French citizens under 30 years of age
  • Applicants must register to an Audencia programme before 1 December
  • Incompatible with any other scholarship, except early application
  • For more information please visit: 
French government scholarships
Audencia Foundation scholarships
  • Awarded to enrolled students based on criteria chosen by the foundation
FIDERH Banco de Mexico
loan and scholarship
  • For registered students of Mexican nationality
  • Loan granted by FIDERH, scholarship granted by Audencia to beneficiaries of the FIDERH loan
  • For more information: or contact us
COLFUTURO scholarship-loan
  • For registered students of Colombian nationalityScholarship-loan granted by COLFUTURO under specific conditions
  • For more information: 
French bank loans
  • Some French banks offer loans at preferential rates to Audencia students*
  • For more information, see “Offres Bancaires” on this page.
Other scholarships
  • Institutions and companies around the world offer different funding opportunities to students of merit
  • Contact us for more information

*Most loans from French banks require a guarantor who is a French resident. Audencia does not act as an intermediary in these transactions, nor does it have any responsibility in the negotiation of these agreements.