Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's programme

Published: 12 October 2018

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.





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 2019–2020 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). We look forward to having you with us in Uppsala. A very warm welcome.

We kindly advise you to plan your travel well and arrive on time for the orientation days at SLU on August 29th-31th. You find information for new students at SLU here:

This programme, and the autumn semester will begin on 08.45, 2 September 2019 in lecture hall "Loftets hörsal" Uppsala (see the map). Registration to the programme will take place at 10.00.

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 and natural resource management 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.

During the first part of the taught courses, the Programme offers an introductory course called Rurality, Livelihood and Gender. This course is followed by courses on Governance of natural resources, Conflict, Democracy and Facilitation and 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 the students 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, is enlisted with the aim to provide broad experience and understandings of rural change and natural resource management issues.

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

Elinor Carlbrand, Deputy Director of studies

Admission to latter part

Here you will find information about admission to latter parts of SLU programmes and how you apply.

In spring semester 2019 the available places on the programme are:

  • Year 1 admitted 2018: 5 places
  • Year 2 admitted 2017: 5 places


If there are more qualified applicants than available places when the application period has ended, than the applicants are ranked according to how many credits they can transfer to the degree. When the applicants have equal credentials, lottery is applied.


Global Swede 2014

Marta Zdravkovic, student at SLU master's programme Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, was awarded Global Swede 2014. Read more about the award here » 


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

Elinor Carlbrand, Education Coordinator
Department or Urban and Rural Development; Division of Rural Development, 018-671443

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