Rural Development and Natural Resource Management

Published: 16 October 2019
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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. 

Content

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. 

Future

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.

Student life

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Qualification Awarded

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

Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

Next start: Uppsala, sep 2020
Number of admission places: 30

Application period 16 Oct 2019 - 15 jan 2020: All international students
Application period 16 March 2020-15 April 2020: Swedish students and students within EU/EEA

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
First instalment: 54 800 SEK 
Total programme: 219 000 SEK

All applications are made through the Swedish online application service at universityadmissions.se. Find out how to apply and more about the application and admissions process (on our website).


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