Rural Development and Natural Resource Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 15.8k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:959 Duration:24 months

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Why is it so difficult to collectively organise sustainable fishing in lake Chilwa in Malawi? How do people cope during an extreme flood in Vietnam? What are the basic ideas of development policies of the European Union and the World Bank?

There is a growing recognition that the challenges in the development and management of rural areas globally are due to a multitude of social, economic, political and ecological factors. Understanding and dealing with this complex and multi-layered reality therefore requires interdisciplinary analyses and innovative solutions.

This programme offers students knowledge and skills from different disciplines - with a key theoretical base in the social sciences - to create appropriate ways of managing rural problems in context.


A Master´s degree in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management offers job proscects in fields such as development projects or organisations working in the development arena, the academic world, research, the private sector, consultancy firms, policy design and facilitation, governmental or non-governmental organisations and local, national or international institutions.

The programme is organised into themes that include introductory and advanced courses, offering students a broad understanding of rural development and natural resource management as well as more specialised knowledge of the different dimensions involved.

Students are taught how to training in facilitate and manage development projects and to acquire knowledge and skills in conducting research. The courses will provide theoretical knowledge applied in case study scenarios, requiring active student involvement.

Some examples of topics in the courses cover the consquences of long-term aid in poor and weak welfare states, rural change and the role of non-farm and off-farm activities and farming practices, technologies and solutions for sustainable farming, fishing and forestry.

Qualification Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a major in Rural Development

Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree of 180 Credits including 90 Credits in one of the following subject areas: Natural ScienceSocial SciencesKnowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90


Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master's programmes. The scholarships are granted by both SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI). Scholarships offered by SLU cover tuition fees only (not the cost of living). The number of scholarships awarded changes from year to year. Information about scholarships at SLU, including how to apply, is sent out to all applicants applying in time.

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