|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
|University website:||Rural Development (IMRD)|
The jointly organized IMRD provides the opportunity to become an international expert in rural development by training students through diverse approaches:
The goal of IMRD is to train professionals that contribute to solving socio-economic, natural resource and agricultural challenges in rural communities. The multi-disciplinary approach, the comparative study of EU and non-EU models, a flexible study programme and the unique mobility requirements stimulate students to gain a wide perspective of Rural Development and build an international network.
It is a master programme covering four semesters (2 years) and 120 ECTS. It is jointly organised by 6 core European partners and 9 associated partners from outside Europe.
IMRD consists of 5 modules and an optional internship. Depending on the track you follow, mobility requirements may differ.
A study period with theoretical formation in basic agricultural economics, development theories and methodologies. Its courses represent a general training into basic competence domains.
Specialisation in one of the competence domains comprising a range of obligatory and optional courses, which can be complemented with elective courses for broadening specific knowledge or to improve language/cultural knowledge and skills.
A practical experience of a specific Case Study organised by one of the IMRD partners. Students with different backgrounds are confronted with the rural development reality through active learning methods for sharing visions and discussing opinions. Basic knowledge and assessment methods are applied. Students need to work in groups and are confronted with rural work realities, have field visits and work meetings with local stakeholders.
It is organised in July or August, between the second and third semester. Annually the Management Board selects between two and four different locations for the Case Studies. At least one European, and one non-European Case Study is available each year.
The Case Study is a mandatory part of the curriculum and amounts to 10 ECTS.
Specialisation in one of the competence domains comprising a range of obligatory and optional courses, which can be complemented with elective courses for broadening specific knowledge or to improve language/cultural knowledge and skills. During this module the skills learned will be applied to the preparation of the master dissertation.
An original dissertation (thesis) is based on own scientific and practical research with guidance of a supervisor and is written in one of the disciplines of rural development. Students must demonstrate their ability to conduct scientific research at an academic level.
Completing a Master Dissertation requires the fulfillment of three activities: research, writing the dissertation, and giving an oral and public defense of the dissertation.
The internship gives students the opportunity to carry out practical specialized work in a domain of their interest. The subject of the internship placement has to have a link with rural development, agricultural economics or rural sociology. This can be both in an academic or a professional environment. The internship allows students to apply skills learned during the programme in a real world context to better prepare them for the job market.
The internship is not a mandatory part of the IMRD curriculum