International Master of Science in Rural Development
 Learning Outcomes


Overal Learning Outcomes

The International MSc in Rural Development provides students with:

  • Awareness of the multifunctional role of rural areas and agriculture and an integrated vision on development of rural areas
  • Knowledge of different approaches to rural development and ability to apply these in diverse situations in developing, developed and transition countries
  • Ability to apply adequate instruments, methods and innovative tools to analyse, evaluate and solve problems related to rural development and countryside management
  • Ability to develop innovative tools and instruments for the multifunctional development of rural areas
  • A general formation in both technical and social sciences disciplines and advanced competence in at least two rural development related disciplines
  • Ability to dialogue with different actors of the professional world as a consequence of their pluri-disciplinary training
  • Critical reflection skills and the necessary communication skills for integrated team work for dealing with rural development challenges

Our students and graduates enjoy the added value of:

  • a high mobility of students and scholars within the network, allowing students to access high level courses at all participating institutes. The international experience and exposure to different environments is an asset for their further professional career.
  • the international composition of the groups, allowing comparative learning about rural development, agricultural economic and policy models and different approaches and exposure to different teaching methods.
  • studying in different languages and cultural environments, allowing students to acquire new scientific and practical knowledge and better language and cultural skills.

Our graduates have a unique combination of theoretical knowledge in development theories, agricultural economics and policies and practical based comparative knowledge of different approaches to rural development.

Graduates will have a competitive advantage when working in international organizations that deal with issues of global development, food trade and production of bio-resources, international food policies and so on.

 IMRD Discipline Specific Learning Outcomes

Upon the succesful completion of the IMRD programme, a graduate will have obyained  the folowing qualities or will be able to:

  1. Have thorough knowledge and comprehension (theory and practice) in interdisciplinary domains, such as: food and feed production, rural economies and development, (public health) nutrition and general management, and of concepts, theories and skills in the main subject specific domains and chosen major domains. The programmes additionally focus on international collaboration (North-North, North-South and South-South).
  2. Apply theories and methodological approaches to characterize and analyze programme specific problems, such as: food, nutrition, food sovereignty, food safety and security, natural resource management, sustainable production, economic and social problems of rural areas, national and international agriculture,....
  3. Design and implement adequate instruments, methods, models and innovative tools to analyze, evaluate and solve specific and interdisciplinary related problems in the context of sustainable development.
  4. Apply interdisciplinary tools to design, implement, monitor and evaluate national and international policies, programmes and projects.
  5. Assess the importance and magnitude of a problem, define strategies for intervention and/or identify knowledge gaps. Develop a research protocol based on the analysis of existing evidence, set up a research plan, analyze and interpret the data and present the findings.
  6. Identify, select and apply appropriate research methods and techniques to collect, analyze and critically interpret data.
  7. Critically reflect on programme specific issues, and on ethical and value driven aspects of research and intervention strategies.
  8. Take up a trans-disciplinary role in an interdisciplinary (inter)national team dealing with global challenges, and developing a global perspective.
  9.  Dialogue and professionally interact with different actors and stakeholders from peers to a general public to convincingly communicate (own) evidence based research findings and project results.
  10. To effectively use appropriate communication and behavioural skills in different language and cultural environments.
  11. Learn to critically reflect (individually and in discussion with others) upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, functioning, and develop an attitude of livelong learning.



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