Management of Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Master of Management and Development is aimed at rural development professionals, already working in the rural development sector. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and effective incorporation of work experience.


The Master of Management and Development is aimed at rural development professionals, already working in the rural development sector. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and effective incorporation of work experience. Relevant work experience is essential to the course as students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how. Most candidates come from a background in agriculture or rural development.

Graduates leave as competent rural development professionals prepared to support service delivery organisations, NGO’s or other development-related organisation in the area of food security, innovation and social inclusion. So, if you wish to improve your organisation’s programmes and policies, then come and join VHL!

This programme consists of a nine-month teaching period and a three-month research project, culminating in a thesis. It involves a series of competency-building modules that advance your disciplinary expertise and improve your professional skills.

Courses will be covering important topics such as management theories and approaches, communication and leadership, capacity building, self-development and qualitative research. In addition, specialist courses related to your chosen area of expertise will teach you the most effective ways to implement improved communication systems, gender equality and food security structures into your organisation. Within these organisations and their policies and programmes, newly graduated managers will be able to incorporate ways of addressing emerging development issues, such as the consequences of AIDS, lack of efficient communication, gender differentiation, and food shortages for the livelihood of the rural inhabitants.

  • Rural Development, Disaster Risk Management (1 year Master Programme)
  • Rural Development and Food Security (1 year Master Programme)
  • Rural Development, Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth (1 year Master Programme)


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

Programme Structure

For more information about these programmes, please visit our website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To qualify for enrolment you should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and at least two years of relevant working experience. You also need sufficient English-language skills (TOEFL 550 or more). Applicants may be requested to submit proof of this proficiency, such as certificates issued by a recognised language institute, for example TOEFL or the British Council. Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel) is strongly recommended.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • EUR 13500 EU/EEA



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 address is

Master Programmes

Our Master programmes are eligible for an NFP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or send an e-mail to the infodesk if you have more questions:

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.