24 months
17616 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Development and Rural Innovation degree from 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.

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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 master's Development and Rural Innovation learn to look at the whole picture.

You will learn to understand social aspects of transformation and deal with knowledge processes in dynamic contexts worldwide.

What makes the master's Development and Rural Innovation unique?

  • 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

Study tracks

  • Communication and Innovation Studies
  • Technology and Development Studies
  • Sociology of Development
  • Rural Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Sept: Application via Studielink will open in October


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Students who wish to enrol in the MSc Development and Rural Innovation Programme at Wageningen University must have:

  • At least a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected.
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BSc study of at least 70% of the maximum scale.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
  • To be accepted into this programme, students must have a bachelor's degree in the technical sciences, life sciences or management sciences. Preferably, this degree should be related to agricultural and rural development, natural resource management, the food industry or similar fields. However, degrees in other fields can be included as well.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17616 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17616 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 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.


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.

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