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Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Why is it so difficult to collectively organise sustainable fishing in lake Chilwa in Malawi? What are the basic ideas of development policies of the European Union and the World Bank? This Rural Development and Natural Resource Management programme is offered by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

About

There is a growing recognition that the challenges in the development and management of rural areas globally are due to a multitude of social, economic, political and ecological factors. Understanding and dealing with this complex and multi-layered reality therefore requires interdisciplinary analyses and innovative solutions.

This programme offers students knowledge and skills from different disciplines - with a key theoretical base in the social sciences - to create appropriate ways of managing rural problems in context.

UN's sustainable development goals in the education

SLU's educations creates knowledge which contributes to the goals for sustainable development, both in Sweden and internationally.

The programme is organised into themes that include introductory and advanced courses, offering students a broad understanding of rural development and natural resource management as well as more specialised knowledge of the different dimensions involved. Students are taught how to facilitate and manage developmental projects and to acquire knowledge and skills in conducting research. The courses will provide theoretical knowledge applied in case study scenarios, requiring active student involvement. Some examples of topics covered by the courses are the consquences of long-term aid in poor and weak welfare states, rural change and the role of non-farm and off-farm activities and farming practices, technologies and solutions for sustainable farming, fishing and forestry.

Future

A Master´s degree in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offers job prospects in fields such as with projects or organisations in the development arena, the academic world, research, the private sector, consultancy firms, policy design and facilitation, governmental or non-governmental organisations and local, national or international institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Rurality, Livelihood and Gender
  • Sustainable natural resource management
  • Conflict, democracy and facilitation
  • Global food systems and food security
  • The Context and Process of Research I: Theories and Methods
  • The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods
  • The Process of Research: Methods, Data Analysis and Scientific Writing
  • Master thesis in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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General Requirements

Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree of 180 Credits including 90 Credits in one of the following subject areas:

  • Natural Science
  • Social Sciences
Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12504 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • First instalment: 60 000 SEK
  • Total programme: 240 000 SEK

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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