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Rural Development and Natural Resource Management MSc with a major in Rural Development

Would you like to make an impact on climate change by learning more about rural development and natural resource issues? Then this is the programme for you.


Welcome to an international Master’s programme that teaches you how to analyse and define the problems of rural development and natural resource management in a global context. Attracting students from all over the world, the courses included in the programme will give you in-depth understanding of rural livelihoods, governance of natural resources, food systems and power inequalities so that you can use your knowledge to have a positive impact on development, poverty and climate change. 

This 2-year programme investigates these subjects in the context of societal development and offers opportunities for both broadened and in-depth studies. At the end of the programme you will have gained a deeper insight into development issues with a social science perspective on natural resources and globalisation.  

With a Master’s degree in rural development, your skills will be in demand and you will be equipped to start an academic career in a ministry, government agency, an international organisation, or in aid. You will also be able to continue your studies towards a PhD.


Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 54 800
Total: SEK 219 000

Name: Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme
Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

Study location: Uppsala
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

Application code for international students: 81031
Application code for Swedish students: 81021

Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a major in Rural Development

Requirements: Admission to the Rural Development and Natural Resource Management – Master’s programme requires a first-cycle qualification comprising 180 credits and including specialised studies within a main field of study comprising 90 credits within one of the following disciplinary domains:
- social science
- natural science
- humanities

This programme is taught in English. The applicant must further have a level of English equivalent to upper secondary school English, called English 6.



There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


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.

Want to know more? You can read the syllabus at the student web. 


A Master´s degree in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management 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.

Qualification Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a major in Rural Development

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