IRTA-CReSA participates in the organization of an Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree on infectious diseases and One Health

The European Commission has accepted the proposal of the Erasmus Mundus "International Master of Science in Infectious Diseases and One Health", available starting in 2017 as a joint programme between the UAB, the University of Edinburgh, UK, and the François Rabelais University in Tours, France. The first edition will begin in 2017. The coordinators of the programme at the UAB will be IRTA-CReSA researcher Natalia Majó and Laila Darwich, both lecturers of the Department of Animal Health and Anatomy of the UAB.

The proposal received a score of 95/100 from the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. It is one of the 27 approved proposals among the 89 that were presented.


The proposal was evaluated for the relevance of expert knowledge of the partners in the field of infectious diseases affecting humans and animals; in addition to the three universities, the master's degree will include the collaboration of 34 European and non-European associate partners: research centres, industry, public health institutions, etc. The programme will ensure a high level of internationalisation, given that students will study at all three universities. A work placement and practical lessons will include a six-month stay in a research center or sector-related company.

IRTA-CReSA is one of the associate partners of the project and it will participate by offering a biosafety and biosecurity module led by Francesc-Xavier Abad, IRTA-CReSA’s biosafety officer, to be held in the Biosafety level 3 Facilities in CReSA’s building, located in the UAB campus. The program will be integrated with the Oficial Master’s degree in Zoonosis and One Health offered by the UAB in which IRTA-CReSA researchers also participate.


The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degrees are advanced, integrated courses provided by at least three universities from three different European countries. The programme intends to strengthen European collaborations and international ties in higher education. The programme funds high-quality European master's degrees, allowing students and lecturers from around the world to take postgraduate studies at European universities, while promoting the mobility of European university students with other countries. The UAB currently offers eight Erasmus Mundus master's degrees and one PhD programme.

To contact with IRTA-CReSA coordinator of this Master’s degree:

Dra. Natalia Majó
IRTA-CReSA researcher
E-mail: natalia.majo@irta.cat
Phone: +34 93 467 40 40
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain 

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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