Management of Development, M.Sc. | Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences | Velp, Netherlands
12 months
13750 EUR/year
13750 EUR/year
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The Master of Management of Development at the Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences  is designed for mid-career development professionals.


This top-rated Master of Management of Development at the Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences  is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and linking theory to practice. Relevant work experience is essential to the course, as you contribute by using your own knowledge from the field.After graduating, you will become a competent rural development professional prepared to work at government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or other development-related organisations. Your work will be in the areas of food security, communication, innovation and social inclusion. Do you wish to become a change maker? With the Management of Development Master programme you will increase your knowledge, enhance your professional performance and contribute to change.

The Master in Management of Development offers three specialisations:

  • Disaster Risk Management 
  • Food and Nutrition Security 
  • Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth (RDG)

Career opportunities

  • Disaster Risk Management
Within an increasingly complex and dynamic context, as a graduate, you will be trained to increase community resilience and reduce the impact of crises and disasters on sustainable development. You will have acquired new insights and know-how and will implement proven innovative approaches to build community resilience when crises and disasters occur. By looking through a disaster and conflict lens, you will be able to make an important contribution to sustainable development.
  • Food and Nutrition Security
As a Food and Nutrition Security specialist, you may explore effective responses to malnutrition and undernourishment. You can do this by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small-scale producers in rural communities. You can consider stakeholder relationships and advise on how collaboration could be organised to each stakeholder’s benefit, while helping farmers to safeguard their ability to ensure local food security. In the face of globalisation, slow economic growth and political instability, you may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures and/or policies.
  • Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

As a specialist in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth, you may contribute to inclusive transformations that improve circumstances for marginalised people so they are able to participate in society. You recognise that equal access to markets and social services, influence over decisions affecting one’s life improves social economic conditions for everyone. You see young people as key drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity. You will design interdisciplinary projects for mainstream social inclusion and reduce inequities, thus increasing livelihood security. As agents for community development, you could find yourself working as be a manager, coordinator or consultant in a (non-)governmental organisation or in the private sector.

Programme Structure

The Master programme in Management of Development consists of 8 main study units:

  • Introduction 
  • Rural Development Theory 
  • Personal Leadership 
  • Food Security and Rural Livelihoods 
  • Organisations and Institutions 
  • Management of Development Professionalism 
  • Specialisation study units 
  • Research and Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines



The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences or related fields

Work experience

Relevant work experience in middle or higher management positions. If you have less than two years of experience you can still apply,  the student Service Centre will then assess if you qualify.

Technological requirements

Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) are highly recommended.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13750 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13750 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Velp

780 - 1160 EUR /month
Living costs

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


The Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). OKP is targeted at professionals from selected countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

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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