Management of Development - Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

SubjectManagement, Social Sciences


Type of DegreeMSc

EU FeesEUR 14,250


Cost non-EUEUR 14,250

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Master in 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.

Study Programme

The one-year Master in Management of Development consists of a 9-month taught programme and a 3-month thesis research project. It involves a series of modules that strengthen competencies, including disciplinary knowledge and expertise and professional skills and attitude. Modules cover topics such as development studies, management theories, communication and leadership, capacity building and qualitative research.

In addition, each specialisation goes in-depth on contemporary issues and the most effective ways of implementing structures within an organisation, covering issues such as social inclusion, food security, entrepreneurship, communication and participation. Graduates will be able to organise and facilitate processes of innovation and change, addressing gender differences, youth unemployment, food shortages, migration, social conflicts and competing claims on natural resources.

Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

While governments around the world have committed themselves to fighting poverty, it can only be eradicated once marginalised individuals and groups experience equality, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, disabilities or age. That is why discussions on sustainable development and reversing poverty often refer to social inclusion. Development organisations and government agencies can contribute to inclusive transformation processes that improve circumstances for marginalised people and allow them to take part in society and benefit from social services and various political, social, physical and market spaces. Youth are particularly important drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity in developing countries and engaging them in the agricultural sector should be a priority. To ensure inclusive transformation processes, development professionals and organisations need to understand and define marginalised peoples’ needs, interests, constraints and possibilities, as well as understand their roles in decision-making processes at household, economic and societal levels.

This specialisation equips students with competencies needed to define the needs and interests of marginalised people, mainstream social inclusion in rural development and service delivery, and to facilitate change and community development towards empowerment of the marginalised and enhancement of social equity.

Entry requirements

You need to have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field. We also require two years of relevant work experience on middle or higher management positions. In case a prospective student has less than two years of experience, his request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre. Applicants from non-English speaking countries need to prove their English proficiency by providing a TOEFL, ELTS or Cambridge certificate.


This Master Programme is eligible for the OKP scholarship which is targeted at professionals from selected non-EU countries who, after their studies in Holland, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. 

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the Management of Development programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019


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