Content programme

Master programme

The one-year Master in Management of Development (MSc) consists of a 9-month education programme and a 3-month thesis research project. It involves a series of modules that strengthen competences, including disciplinary knowledge and expertise and professional skills and attitude. Modules cover topics such as development studies, management theories, communication and leadership, capacity building and qualitative research.

In addition, each specialisation goes in-depth on contemporary issues and the most effective ways of implementing structures within an organisation, covering issues such as social inclusion, food security, entrepreneurship, communication and participation. Graduates will be able to organise and facilitate processes of innovation and change, address gender differences, youth unemployment, food shortages, migration, social conflicts and competing claims on natural resources.


Disaster Risk Management
If you choose the specialisation Disaster Risk Management, the Management of Development programme builds on the following competences and, upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • analyse stakeholders’ needs and interests and outline policies that lead to social change and participation
  • design processes and strategies that facilitate communication, innovation and knowledge sharing
  • transform traditional extension policy and practice and develop innovative approaches to communication and innovation
  • design and facilitate effective, appropriate and exciting learning environments

Food and Nutrition Security
If you choose the specialisation Food and Nutrition Security, the Management of Development programme builds on the following competences and, upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • analyse rural livelihoods and food and nutrition security
  • analyse the livelihoods of farmers who produce for local and regional markets and understand their coping strategies
  • define the economic, commercial and marketing needs, constraints and opportunities for small scale producers in rural communities
  • develop appropriate strategies and interventions for local food security
  • develop support programmes for farmers, producers and other stakeholders

Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth
If you choose the specialisation Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth, the Management of Development programme builds on the following competences and, upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • identify opportunities for systemic change and enhance opportunities and interests of youth, men and women in rural environments
  • promote social inclusion and mainstream gender and other social equity issues in rural development
  • recommend changes that will bring about gender equality in organisations
  • Develop a personal strategy for enhancing empowerment, social inclusion, youth involvement and gender equality in your own profession and organisation

Study units

The Master programme in Management of Development consists of 8 main study units:

  1. Introduction (1EC)
  2. Rural Development Theory (3EC)
  3. Personal Leadership (2EC)
  4. Food Security and Rural Livelihoods (4EC)
  5. Organisations and Institutions (5EC)
  6. Management of Development Professionalism (4EC)
  7. Specialisation study units (16EC)
  8. Research and Thesis (25EC)

The study load per study unit is expressed in European Credits (EC). The total programme accounts for 60 EC.

Example programme structure

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Personnel leadership

(3 ECTS)

Management of Development Professionalism

(4 ECTS)

Research Design and Implementation

(10 ECTS)


(15 ECTS)

Rural Development Theories

(3 ECTS)

Organisations and Institutions

(5 ECTS)

Sustainable Livelihoods

(4 ECTS)

Concepts on (specialisation)

(5 ECTS)

Interventions for (specialisation)

(6 ECTS)

Facilitating change in


(5 ECTS)