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Smart Rurality, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #970 (BCR) Namur, Belgium
This Master will enable you to work with various different experts and members of society to organise changing rural zones in a way that promotes people’s well-being and economic, social and environmental sustainability.


There are many issues at the heart of rural development - which is itself at the centre of European, national and local politics - including agricultural and forestry production, energy, environment management, mobility, rural planning, quality of life, economic diversification, sustainable tourism, rural entrepreneurship, etc.

Taking into account the advantages of the rural environment, you will analyse, manage and design rural zones to meet the challenges of the rurality of the future.

This extremely cross-cutting and interdisciplinary course will enable you to suggest innovating technology, adapt high-level research and take a multidisciplinary scientific approach to facilitate the evolution of rural areas in the context of a post-carbon economy.


This Master is unique in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and draws on the scientific expertise of three universities: the University of Namur (UNamur), the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and the University of Liège (ULg).

It consists of six modules:

  • The heart of the study programme – five course units (CU), created especially for this Master, which provide the essential guidelines and principles: rurality, global change, socioecological systems, transition management, ethics and development;

  • A portfolio of CUs in geography, science, economics, etc., which allow students from different backgrounds to complete and/or consolidate their Bachelors in the areas needed to achieve their goals;

  • A placement of 6 weeks (full-time) or 13 weeks (part-time);

  • A panel of CUs to choose from, relating to the production of goods and services, the interaction between humans and their rural environments, etc.

  • A group project in collaboration with several players in the field of rural development;

  • A professional focus.

-› Professional focuses:
  • Society-environment interfaces: Theoretical and practical approaches to complex environmental problems heavily involving scientific and technical issues (ecology, agronomy, energy, mobility, biodiversity, etc.) as well as social and political issues.

  • Geographical issues and methods: Issues crucial to rural environments seen from a geographical perspective: globalisation, health, biodiversity and climate change.

  • Territorial diagnosis and forecasting: The detailed diagnosis and forecast analysis of European rural systems, including their positioning in spheres of influence on different spatial scales.

  • Information analysis and management: The management of information flows in the context of rurality.  Tools are studied in direct relationship with rural, agricultural and environmental themes.

  • New forms of agriculture and short supply chains: The development of innovating agricultural sectors to provide goods and services in an environmentally-friendly manner to a local clientele.

Programme Structure

Your objectivesBy the end of your Master in Smart Rurality, you will be able to:

  • identify complex problems with scientific, societal and human implications;
  • identify and understand the approaches of the different disciplines involved in these problems;
  • communicate with specialists and local community stakeholders;
  • use and design procurement, modelling and data processing tools to develop innovations which will support participatory processes;
  • work with others to build compromises with a coherent vision, geared towards action.


You have a scientific background and you are:

  • a graduate of a Bachelor in science, applied science or bioengineering, and you would like a Master with an environmental and societal orientation;
  • a graduate of a Master in science, and you would like to complement your studies with an interdisciplinary approach;
  • a higher education student of a ‘haute école’, wishing to specialise and find a more specific career;
  • a professional with a university degree and you would like to change direction.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Conditions for admission

For details of conditions for admission, please visit (in French only) or contact the registration service (‘service des inscriptions’).

Admissions procedure

If you have a degree from an institution outside of Belgium, you will need to complete and return the admissions request form ( before 31 August (30 April for students from outside the European Union).

For admission to the teaching focus of the Master, you will also be required to pass a French language test at level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    835 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 835 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Namur

  • 720 - 1120 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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