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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Managing Rural Development

Programme Convenor: Professor Andrew Dorward

The rural sectors of developing countries are often pivotal to wider processes of social and economic change. An understanding of the underlying driving forces of these processes, of their interactions with global and urban change, and of their consequences is critical for many working in development, government and business. 

This programme provides an interdisciplinary awareness of social, economic and management issues in rural change together with conceptual, analytical and operational skills for understanding and working to influence the driving forces in these processes of change.

Programme aims

It gives students the opportunity to develop:

  • a critical awareness of the social, economic and management issues underlying socioeconomic change
  • conceptual and analytical skills relevant to the social and economic dimensions of agriculture and related industries
  • a set of operational skills pertinent to working in the public, private or NGO domains
  • the ability to engage with, and influence, rational debates concerning the optimal direction of rural sector change
  • enhanced communication and presentation skills
  • the ability to access the rural development literature and to pursue effective research

Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
 CoreElectiveResearchTotal 
MSc in Managing Rural Development43*29Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Managing Rural Development44* 8Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Managing Rural Development31* 4Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years

* Includes one free choice across all programmes subject to the approval of the Programme Convenor.