Placeholder image for Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development

Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Florence, Italy
Food security and water management, availability of medicinal plants, conservation of biological and cultural diversity, valorisation of local traditions are some of the major problems that affect the development of rural areas in not developed areas overseas. 


The level of intensifications and environmental impact of the different solutions possible 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 costly 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 course in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development (MSc university degree) of the University of Florence with the participation of "Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo", promotes research and professional training in the sectors of modern and sustainable agriculture, forestry and animal sciences, and identifies as preferential area of intervention the little and medium farms of the less industrialized areas of the globe.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Agricultural Geomatics
  • Agroclimatology
  • Crop Protection
  • Farming Systems Analysis
  • Optional Educational Activities
  • On Farm Irrigation
  • Tropical Crops
  • Tropical Plant Ecology
  • Enhancing Skills for Professional Practice
  • Irrigation With Non Conventional Waters
  • French Language (B2) Writing
  • Portuguese Language (B2) Writing
  • Spanish Language (B2) Writing
  • German Language (B2) Writing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Academic title requirements:

  • Second cycle (master's) degree programmes - a first cycle or a single cycle degree awarded by an Italian or a foreign University, that allows, in the awarding country, the continuation of studies to the next level. 
  • In addition, they have to meet the general educational requirements and possess an adequate personal education background, certified by  a specific authorisation (nulla osta) issued by the Education Committee of the School offering the degree. 

Tuition Fee

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Check your fit
Check your budget and academic fit with this study

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?