Development and Rural Innovation, M.Sc. | Wageningen University and Research | Wageningen, Netherlands
24 months
19600 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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Societal problems cannot be solved by technology alone. Innovation processes like the transition towards more sustainability and better food security are essentially also social processes. That is why students of the Development and Rural Innovation programme at the Wageningen University and Research learn to look at the whole picture.

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The Development and Rural Innovation programme at the Wageningen University and Research  is a two-year social sciences programme designed especially for students with a technical, life sciences or relevant management background and an interest in international development. You will learn to understand social aspects of transformation and deal with knowledge processes in dynamic contexts worldwide.

Why this programme?

  • A unique social sciences programme open to students with a background in technical sciences or life sciences.
  • Focuses on development themes like climate change, inequality, poverty, sustainable agriculture, migration, food security, disaster management and natural resources.
  • Prepares you to become an international professional who can build bridges between various disciplines.

Future career - Development and Rural Innovation

Graduates of the Development and Rural Innovation degree from Wageningen University and Research are welcomed by a wide variety of organisations and work within a broad range of disciplines. Graduates work, for example, as facilitators at consultancies, specialists at research institutes, conflict mediators at governments, as project leaders in non-governmental organisations and sometimes setup their own companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technology, Agro-ecology & Development
  • Communication & Innovation Studies
  • Development Sociology
  • Research Design & Research Methods
  • Methodology for Field Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

A WUR BSc degree in Forest and Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Food Technology, Biosystems Engineering, Animal Sciences, Biotechnology, International Land and Water Management, Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Molecular Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Nutrition and Health, Soil, Water, Atmosphere, a BSc in Biology from a Dutch univeristy, or equivalent.

The norm for this equivalence is a previous education with a focus on one or more of the following topics: 

  • Life Sciences (for example Natural Resources Management)
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences (physics, chemistry and/or biology)
  • Agricultural Development
  • Rural Development
  • Food Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Agricultural Sciences

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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 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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