Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's programme

Published: 15 October 2021
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Information for those studying on the Master's programme (two-year) in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management. On these pages you will find information about the programme, contact details and the documents governing the degree programme.

New applicant to the programme in 2022?

There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.




Welcome letter

Welcome to the Rural Development and Natural Resource Management Programme

We are glad that you have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management for the academic years 2022–2023 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). We look forward to having you with us in Uppsala. A very warm welcome!

The autumn semester 2022 begins with roll call and study information on campus.

Date: Monday 29 August

Time and place: On the pages for new students you will find information when the roll call for your programme begins and which room the roll call will be in.

On these pages, you will also find all the information you need as a new student at SLU, including information about the orientation days. The orientation days are not mandatory but we recommend that you attend them. They take place at the end of August, before the semester starts, and provide essential and useful information about your stay in Sweden and your studies at SLU.

Your first course will be Rurality, livelihood and genderOn the course page, you will find a timetable for your classes and other course-related information. Timetables and reading lists will be published at least four weeks before the course starts.

The Programme runs for two years and attracts students worldwide. It offers students learning, knowledge and skills which can be used to understand and address rural development issues in the global South and North. Rural development depends on a multitude of socio-cultural, economic, health, political and agro-ecological determinants. Understanding this complexity requires trans-disciplinary analyses which students learn in the Programme. The Programme focuses on interconnections between rural development, natural resource management and social organization as well as rural-urban linkages and strategies for sustainable livelihoods.

The introductory course is followed by courses on sustainable natural resource management, conflict, democracy, facilitation, global food systems and food security, during the first year of the Programme. In the second year, the Programme offers courses on how to theorize rural development and on research methods. These courses aim to broaden the students’ understandings of social science theory and prepare them for carrying out individual research for their master theses.

To facilitate students’ learning, the experience and expertise of the faculty at SLU, and external lecturers of international repute, are enlisted with the aim to provide broad experience and understandings of rural change and natural resource management issues.

Link to programme-specific info (web page)

We would like to inform you that only students with legitimate proof will be considered for late registration (e.g. supported medical reasons). 

Best regards,

Katarina Pettersson, Director of studies

Patrik Cras, Deputy Director of studies




Once again a Master's student at the Rural Development program is honoured with the award Global Swede of the year.

In May, 2019, Mr. Sadiq Zafrullah, Master's student at the international program Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, received the Global Swede diploma at a ceremony with the Foreign Affairs Minister Ann Linde.




Programme Director of Studies - Rural Development and Natural Resource Management

Katarina Pettersson, Researcher
Department or Urban and Rural Development; Division of Rural Development                                               , 018-67 14 25

Assistant Programme Director of Studies

Patrik Cras, Researcher
Department or Urban and Rural Development; Division of Rural Development, 018-671652