M.Sc. On Campus Online

Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development

University of Florence

24 months
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Food and water security, climate change, access to agricultural markets, land grabbing, conservation of biological and cultural diversity, valorisation of local traditions are some of the major problems that affect the progress of rural areas in the Global South.  The Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development program is offered at University of Florence. 


The level of intensification and the environmental impact of the different possible solutions to face these problems must be carefully considered case by case. 

Modern technologies can bring consistent increase of productivity in advanced areas; at the same time expensive technologies with high environmental impact cannot be proposed in marginal areas where, instead, sustainable solutions can be implemented with reduced costs and can be based on the scientific modernization of local traditions.

The University of Florence course in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development (MSc university degree) of the University of Florence promotes research and professional training in the sectors of modern and sustainable agriculture, land and water management, forestry and animal sciences, and identifies as preferential area of intervention the little and medium-scale farms of the South of the World, without neglecting technologically advanced forms of interventions in rural areas of that guarantee the environmental, economic and social sustainability and the respect of local populations.

Employment opportunities

The MSc program is primarily designed for the training of technical experts, researchers, project designers and coordinators in the area of international cooperation for rural development, environmental management in tropical areas and international marketing of livestock, crop and forestry products.

Potential employers are to identify within:

  • Companies operating in production and marketing of agricultural and livestock products overseas with special focus on tropical and subtropical area
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in development and cooperation
  • National and international institutions working on land and water management, agricultural cooperation and development
  • National and international institutions responsible for food safety in relation to international trade
  • National and international research institutions working on agriculture and rural environment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • On farm irrigation
  • Agroclimatology
  • Tropical tree crops
  • Crop protection
  • Tropical crops

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students who do not meet these academic requirements in terms of credits, need to pass the required exams before being formally admitted. The missing credits can be taken in the University of origin of the candidate or at the University of Florence.
To satisfy the English language proficiency requirements, students need to satisfy one of the following requirements:
  • be resident in a country where English is the official language;
  • give evidence that their undergraduate course was taught entirely in English;
  • hold an English language certificate at European B2 level (Cambridge First certificate, TOEFL, IELTS, or any equivalent or higher certification) 

Tuition Fee

The total amount of enrolment charges and tuition fees vary from €156 to about €2650. 

Living costs for Florence

850 - 1300 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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