Master's Development and Rural Innovation

Societal problems cannot be solved by technology alone. Innovation processes like the transition towards more sustainability and better food security are essentially also social processes. That is why students of the master's Development and Rural Innovation learn to look at the whole picture.

The MSc Development and Rural Innovation is a two-year social sciences programme designed especially for students with a technical, life sciences or relevant management background and an interest in international development. You will learn to understand social aspects of transformation and deal with knowledge processes in dynamic contexts worldwide.

Why this programme?

  • A unique social sciences programme open to students with a background in technical sciences or life sciences.
  • Focuses on development themes like climate change, inequality, poverty, sustainable agriculture, migration, food security, disaster management and natural resources.
  • Prepares you to become an international professional who can build bridges between various disciplines.

Study programme of Development and Rural Innovation

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.

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Application and admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Development and Rural Innovation? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures.

Did you do a Bachelor’s in the social sciences or economics? Chances are high that you are not admissible to the Master's Development and Rural Innovation (MDR). However, WUR also offers the Master's International Development Studies (MID). MDR and MID are sister programmes, designed for different target groups. MID is specifically designed for students with a social sciences or economics Bachelor’s, who would like to do a social sciences/economics Master’s with an emphasis on international development. Please check the admission criteria for both study programmes to see what applies to you.

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.

The MSc Development and Rural Innovation combines developing issues we encounter in the Amazon rainforest nowadays
Former Student Matias Perez Ojeda del Arco – Peru

Future career

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.