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Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Community Development Food / Agricultural Economics Leadership Country Planning

Course type


Course Summary

This innovative, conversion Masters programme is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and promotes leadership and embraces action-based, experiential learning, facilitated through a series of lectures, work placements and group projects. The programme fosters critical thinking and promotes the use of initiative for problem solving and decision-making in sustainable development. The MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development contains a rural or rurally oriented placement. The placement aims to help students become sustainable development 'champions' who can identify and address problems of rural sustainability in innovative ways and further mainstream sustainable development across all sectors and at all levels.

Graduates occupy important positions both locally and globally within the following voluntary, governance, business and finance sectors: climate change and health; rural development; eco-tourism Food; farming and horticulture Natural and built environment; planning and renewable energy; regional and local government within the EU and internationally; retail companies; rural and urban regeneration; sustainable transport; waste and recycling. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Different course options

Full time | Queen's University Belfast | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is Autumn Semester module. This module explores theories and practices of leadership and project management in the context of sustainable development.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2.2 Honours degree or above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submission of a portfolio and/or interview may be required.

Department profile

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the Top 200 Universities in the World (QS World Rankings 2019). Through our research, we strive to address some of the world’s greatest challenges in health, food and the environment. To meet these challenges, our academic staff undertake world-leading research...more