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    09 October 2018

The master's Development and Rural Innovation is a two-year MSc programme. It is the international social sciences programme for students with a technical, life science or relevant management background with an interest in international development and beta/gamma integration. You will become a professional who is able to deal with knowledge processes in dynamic contexts.

What makes the master's Development and Rural Innovation unique?

  • The master's is a perfect match for students with a technical, life science or management background.
  • Focuses on current themes such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, disaster management, migration, health, food security and natural resource management.
  • Prepares you to become a multidisciplinary professional.

Programme Development and Rural Innovation

In the master's Development and Rural Innovation you'll be trained as a professional who understands the social and technological aspects of innovation processes. The programme focuses on the innovations in agriculture, natural resource management and the food industry.

Programme structure

Development and Rural Innovation is a unique, predominantly social science programme consisting of an amalgam of disciplinary and problem-oriented courses. It is taught in an interactive style where learning from each other is emphasised.

Study tracks

Together with your study advisor you will choose one of the following study tracks.

  • Communication and Innovation Studies, in which you study communication among stakeholders and disciplines in the context of societal problem solving and change.
  • Technology and Development, with the goal to understand how science and technology interact with international development problems, such as food security, adoption to climate change and social justice.
  • Sociology of Development and Change, focuses on the understanding of worldwide rural development problems from sociological and anthropological perspectives.


The academic year at Wageningen University is divided into six periods. The total master's programme contains 120 ECTS (2 years) and consists of:

  • The first year invites and submerges you into the social sciences and allows you to build your theoretical framework for your thesis.
  • The second year allows you to illustrate you are capable of delivering a solid piece of scientific research through your thesis. The second year also challenges you to work within a real programme or project during your interntship.

On the Programme of Development and Rural Innovation page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships. To know for sure if this programme meets your ambitions, you can compare Development and Rural Innovation to other master's programmes.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

Future career

Development and Rural Innovation graduates are welcomed by a wide variety of organisations and work within a broad range of disciplines. Graduates work, for example, as facilitators at consultancies, specialists at research institutes, conflict mediators at governments, as project leaders in non-governmental organisations and sometimes setup their own companies.

Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Visit the Development and Rural Innovation MSc page on the Wageningen University & Research website for more details!





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