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Master of Management of Development (MSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

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Study Management of Development

The Master in Management of Development (MSc) is designed for
mid-career development professionals, with a background in rural
development or agriculture. This top-rated programme is renowned for
its international learning environment, team projects and linking theory
and practice. Relevant work experience is essential to the course, as
students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how.
Graduates are competent rural development professionals prepared to
support service delivery organisations, private and government agencies,
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) or other development-related
organisations in the area of food and nutrition security, disaster risk
management, social inclusion, gender and youth.

So, if you wish to gain insight into the living conditions and survival
strategies of those at risk of becoming excluded and to become
equipped to translate this insight into organisational policies and
strategies, then join the Management of Development programme.


So, if you wish to enhance your professional performance and contribute to organisations’ programmes and policies, then join the Management of Development Master programme.

The Master in Management of Development offers three specialisations:

  • Disaster Risk Management 
  • Food and Nutrition Security 
  • Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth (RDG)

Disaster Risk Management

Within an increasingly complex and dynamic context, graduates are trained and equipped to enhance community resilience of communities and reduce the impact of crises and disasters on sustainable development. Graduates have acquired new insights and know how to use innovative approaches, which have proved their potential to build community resilience to better manage risks as required by the nature of today’s crises and disasters. By looking through a disaster and conflict lens, graduates can make an important contribution to sustainable development.

Food and Nutrition Security 

Food Security specialists explore effective responses to mal- and undernourishment, by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small scale producers in rural communities. In selecting appropriate context-specific interventions, which reflect understanding of the local context in its wider context, they consider stakeholder relationships and how collaboration could be organised to each stakeholder’s benefit while helping farmers to safeguard their ability to ensure local food security. In the face of globalisation, slow economic growth and political instability, specialists may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures or policies.

Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

Specialists in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth contribute to inclusive transformation of social processes that improve circumstances for marginalised people to take part in society. Recognising that equal access to markets and social services, influence over decisions affecting one’s life and young people as key drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will increase security over livelihood and improve social economic conditions for everyone, specialists may design interdisciplinary projects to mainstream social inclusion and reduce inequities. As agents for community development, they may be managers, coordinators or consultants in a (non-)governmental organisation or in the private sector.

Programme structure


Career opportunities
• Food security project manager
• Sustainable agriculture counselor
• Programme coordinator NGO
• Advisor rebuilding after disasters
• Mediator between farmers and government
• Agriculture coordinator
• Consultant for social inclusion

Top rated master programme 2018

The Master's programme Management of Development received 78 out of 100 points for its agriculture and food programme in the information guide 'Keuzegids Masters 2018' and was consequently awarded top programme status (the information guide is based on the outcome of the National Student Survey of 2017)! 

Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

Admission requirements

General admission requirement
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields.

Work experience
Two years of relevant work experience on middle or higher management positions. In case you have less than two years of experience, your request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre.

English proficiency 

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted. Please ensure you allow enough time to investigate the availability and costs of attaining a language certificate in your own country.

What happens if you are not able to provide the official language test results? If your previous education was taught in English and you can proof this with a medium of instruction statement from the university you can still apply. You then need to do an alternative language test which can be a phone interview or an online language test. After you hand in your medium of instruction statement you will receive further instructions from us.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Canada (English-speaking areas).
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
  • Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma with final grade 5.5 or higher for English
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details), including a final examination in English.

Computer skills

Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) is highly recommended.

For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.

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Tuition fees

Master EEA                        € 13.700 / per year*
Master non-EEA                € 13.700 / per year*

* established by the Dutch Government; subject to change

Scholarships & funding

There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.

For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programmes a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).

Master and Certificate Programmes

Our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an NFP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.


All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

You will receive a Master of Management of Development (MSc).


Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.

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