Food and Agribusiness Management (Double Degree)

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Earn two degrees in one year for a growing and dynamic industry

With the growing impact of globalization 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 industry.

Audencia Nantes School of Management has partnered with the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), the leading university in Brazil for business strategy, marketing, and integrated communications programmes, to offer the innovative Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management. In this one-year programme, students will learn how to excel in all aspects of food and agribusiness management, and they will earn two degrees from two of the top business schools in France and Brazil:

  • Master of Science (MSc) degree from Audencia Nantes in France
  • MBA degree from ESPM in Brazil

The MSc in Food and Agribusiness Management is supported by generous funding from Crédit Agricole, the largest bank in France and the second largest bank in Europe. Crédit Agricole has a long history of supporting farmers and agribusiness, and is a top employer of Audencia Nantes graduates. Students in this programme have the opportunity to learn from and connect with industry experts from companies like Crédit Agricole, building a network of industry contacts that they can carry into their future careers.

Prepare for the future of food and agribusiness

The Master of Sciences in Food and Agribusiness Management programme aims to produce graduates who will be able to help the global food and agribusiness sectors reinvent themselves. Students will gain the tools to develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by food and agricultural enterprises, to manage all aspects of agribusiness operation, and to market food products effectively.

This programme includes:

  • courses led by industry experts in both France and Brazil (tuition includes round-trip flight)
  • lectures and training with top professionals in the field
  • field trips to a variety of SME, SMI and multinational agribusiness companies
  • a practical thesis project and
  • a hands-on internship.


The world’s massive agricultural industry needs highly trained leaders who can tackle complex and challenging issues. With the global population growing at unprecedented rates, food production will need to double by 2050. At the same time, geopolitical matters, limited water supplies, and concerns about sustainability are becoming increasingly important.

As a student in this programme, you will gain insights and practical experience from leading global agribusinesses. Partner company involved in the creation and content of this programme :

Crédit Agricole Bank, the largest bank in France and the second largest in Europe has a long history of supporting farmers and agribusiness.

Its activities include retail banking, asset management, insurances, corporate and investment banking, specializes financial services. The Group serves 51 million clients worldwide, in 50 countries, with 150000 employees.

Examples of industries in the food and agribusiness sector:

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

Examples of positions in the food and agribusiness sector :

  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Purchaser and negociator
  • Retail Manager
  • Nutrition Division Manager
  • Ingredient Marketing and Communications
  • Market researcher
  • Sales Manager
  • Demand Planning and Order Fulfillment Manager
  • Commodity Consultant

Students in the Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management programme gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills in the agrienergy and agribusiness industry through courses, projects, field trips, a master’s thesis, and an internship.

Courses are taught by faculty from both Audencia Nantes and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM); guest lectures and workshops are often led by agribusiness professionals from France and Brazil.

Period 1: Core modules – 20 ECTS

From September to mid-November (10 weeks), at Audencia Nantes School of Management

Topics studied in the modules:

  • Analytical Tools
  • Challenges in the Agri and Food Business
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing and Food business
  • Operations Management
  • Sustainability Management and Legal Environment

Field trips will also take place during Period 1.

Period 2: Advanced Courses I – 20 ECTS

From December to February (10 weeks), at Audencia Nantes School of Management

Topics studied in the modules:

  • Value Chain and Performance
  • Design and Innovation
  • B2C
    • Packaging Management
    • Brand Management
    • International Marketing
  • B2B
    • Category Management
    • Trade Marketing
    • Supply Chain Management
    • The Retail World

Courses will be taught primarily by Audencia academic staff, with one course taught by ESPM faculty. Period 2 will also include field trips as well as a field project, in which students work in teams on an industry-related case.

Period 3: Advanced Courses II – 20 ECTS

From mid-March to May (10 weeks), at ESPM

Topics studied in the modules:

  • Principles of Animal Genetics
  • Marketing "Before The Farm"
  • Marketing Strategies in the Public Sector
  • Marketing of the 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
  • Agribusiness NGO Marketing
  • International Legislation and Regulation
  • Tax Management - Governance Models from USA and EEC
  • Marketing of Cooperatives and Associations

Courses will be taught primarily by ESPM academic staff, with one course taught by Audencia faculty. Period 3 will also include field trips as well as a field project, in which students work in teams on an industry-related case.

Internship and master’s thesis

Before graduation, students will complete an internship of 4-6 months (Audencia students only) as well as a master’s thesis (each equivalent to 30 ECTS credits).

During the internship, students 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. Students are encouraged to use their internship as the basis for their master’s thesis, in which they will examine a problem faced in the agribusiness industry and propose a solution.

-4-year Bachelor’s degree. Candidates can apply during the last year of studies (240 crédits ECTS).- Proficiency in EnglishAdmissions are based on a set of objective criteria. Each criterium adds a number of points, but there are no eliminatory criteria. If a candidate’s final mark is considered to be below the minimum required for admission, a final decision will be made by an Admissions Panel composed of the director of the programme and staff from the Office of International Relations.

Audencia Nantes' commitment to excellence and diversity is shown through the various types of scholarships given out each year to students of merit from different backgrounds.

Audencia Nantes awards over € 500,000 in scholarships per year giving the opportunity for students around the world to study in a world-class international environment.

Our aim is to open up the best business education to students that show the skill and motivation to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Early Application Waiver of € 1000: awarded to candidates who submit their on-line application for the programme before January 31st. You can find the on-line application on the programme's website:

Partial-tuition scholarships:

Food for Thought Scholarship of up to € 7000: The Food for Thought scholarship is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their commitment to a wide range of themes related to food and agribusiness management. In developing your scholarship proposal you may choose to: Explain a personal vision for your future in a specific career or position linked to food and agribusiness management or develop a proposal for a future entrepreneurial idea that you have which is related to food and agribusiness management

Diversity Scholarships of € 3000: awarded to candidates whose nationality was not represented in the last two years and that are above a minimum mark according to admissions criteria. Candidates from the chosen regions who apply early have a higher chance of obtaining an award, as scholarships are only given to the first applicant from the underrepresented country to register in the programme.

Global Leadership Awards of € 3000: awarded to candidates who meet us during our stops around the world as part of Audencia’s Global Responsibility Tour. The criteria set to award the prize are the same as those for admission to the programmes. Please check the next Global Responsibility Tour stops on our website:


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    The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) established standards for assessing the quality of management schools (EQUIS). Of several hundred management schools in Europe, only 72 have received EQUIS accreditation.


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