This top-rated Management of Development at the Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and linking theory and practice. Relevant work experience is essential to the course, as students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how. Graduates are competent rural development professionals prepared to support service delivery organisations, private and government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) or other development-related organisations in the area of food security, communication, innovation and social inclusion.
So, if you wish to enhance your professional performance and contribute to organisations’ programmes and policies, then join the Management of Development Master programme.
The Master in Management of Development offers three specialisations:
- Disaster Risk Management
- Food and Nutrition Security
- Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth (RDG)
The English taught MSc programme in Management of Development is offered at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL) in Velp, the Netherlands.
- Disaster Risk Management
Within an increasingly complex and dynamic context, graduates are trained and equipped to enhance community resilience of communities and reduce the impact of crises and disasters on sustainable development. Graduates have acquired new insights and know how to use innovative approaches, which have proved their potential to build community resilience to better manage risks as required by the nature of today’s crises and disasters. By looking through a disaster and conflict lens, graduates can make an important contribution to sustainable development.
- Food and Nutrition Security
Food Security specialists explore effective responses to mal- and undernourishment, by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small scale producers in rural communities. In selecting appropriate context-specific interventions, which reflect understanding of the local context in its wider context, they consider stakeholder relationships and 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, specialists may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures or policies.
- Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth
Specialists in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth contribute to inclusive transformation of social processes that improve circumstances for marginalised people to take part in society. Recognising that equal access to markets and social services, influence over decisions affecting one’s life and young people as key drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will increase security over livelihood and improve social economic conditions for everyone, specialists may design interdisciplinary projects to mainstream social inclusion and reduce inequities. As agents for community development, they may be managers, coordinators or consultants in a (non-)governmental organisation or in the private sector.
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The Master programme in Management of Development consists of 8 main study units:
- Rural Development Theory
- Personal Leadership
- Food Security and Rural Livelihoods
- Organisations and Institutions
- Management of Development Professionalism
- Specialisation study units
- Research and Thesis
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
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.
DisciplinesCommunication Sciences Gender & Sexuality Studies International Development View 8 other Masters in Gender & Sexuality Studies in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences or related fields.
- In case a prospective student has less than two years of experience, his request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre.
- All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency.
Relevant work experience in middle or higher management positions.
Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) are highly recommended.
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International14250 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14250 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA14250 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14250 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Velp
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), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing 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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.