These courses last one or two weeks and are accredited with a certificate of attendance. They are aimed at graduates with professional experience in the subject matter of the course. The course contents are fundamentally applied and address technical aspects or particular methodologies in detail.
This specialization programme has a duration of two academic years (120 ECTS). It is aimed at graduates who wish to specialize in a given subject and professionals interested in updating their knowledge. The different Masters are structured in two parts. The first part (60 ECTS) is professionally oriented and consists of lectures, practical work, individual and group work and technical visits. In the second part (60 ECTS), individual work is carried out as an initiation to research or to professional activity for 10 months on a given topic within the speciality followed during the first part. These studies are accredited with the Master of Science degree.
The State of Spain has conferred the CIHEAM Master of Science degree, issued through the IAMZ, the equivalence with the official Master degree of the Spanish university system.
Training is given by highly qualified invited experts, selected for their experience and prestige in each subject. These experts come from universities, research centres, international organizations, administrations and firms from all over the world. The quality of the speakers invited to lecture at the IAMZ guarantees high-level training and constant updating of topics.
The diversity of their origin, both geographical and institutional, contributes to the dynamics of the courses and enables the participants to contrast different theories, methods and results. An average of 370 visiting experts from more than 30 countries lecture in the advanced courses for professionals and in the Masters during the academic year.
Each year approximately 1700 applications to participate in the different courses are received by the IAMZ from an average of 80 countries.
More than 450 professionals and young graduates from some 60 countries participate each year in the IAMZ training programme.
Course participants are professionals with a university degree practising the speciality in their respective countries and who wish to update or gain deeper knowledge in the subject. In the case of the Master of Science programme, participants are also recent graduates that have not yet initiated their professional work and who wish to acquire specialist knowledge that will thus allow them to enter a particular sector of agricultural activity.
Participants come mainly from CIHEAM-member Mediterranean countries, although professionals from other parts of the world also participate, particularly from Europe and Latin-America.
There is a scientific committee composed of course lecturers and other external experts for each course.They periodically evaluate the appropriateness, content and teaching design of the course and propose the most adequate modifications in each case so as to guarantee the updating and quality of the programmes and thus offer quality training of a high scientific and technical level. In the case of the Masters, they are also submited to the official verification and accreditation process in force in Spain.
The international nature of the courses, the specialization of the topics, their continual updating and the excellence of the lecturers are the main incentives of the education and training given at IAMZ in comparison to the offers of other education institutions.
The lectures are complemented with practical and applied work, seminars, debates, round tables, individual and group work, and technical visits. These activities illustrate the theory taught, encourage dialogue and favour the exchange of ideas between lecturers, professionals and participants.