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Sustainable rural development

Higher Education Institution Agronomy, food, environment


Classes include many case studies, and the close cooperation with companies is essential for students’ professional insertion.


Octavio Engineer exchange student, Mexico

Sustainable rural development

To support and coordinate projects of agricultural / rural development. Design and assess programmes and occupy positions in national or international development organizations.

Skills and abilities:

  • Diagnose territories in their economic, technical, social, political, cultural and environmental dimensions
  • Know the main rural development policies and the different territorial scales existing in Europe
  • Know how to manage a development project, from engineering to assessment
  • Understand and analyze the international challenges of development on an economic, social and political plans
  • Understand and manage the interrelations between agriculture and the territories.

Some examples of jobs occupied by our graduates:

  • Project manager - development of a French food chain 
  • Communication manager - Regional assistant
  • Assistant research manager natural and peri-urban agricultural areas
  • Environmental studies manager
  • Agricultural development Agent

At Master level, you can choose selected optionals matching the specialization "Sustainable rural development".

Year 4: 2 to 3-week optional classes:

  • Water and environment
  • Organic agriculture, territories and markets
  • Microorganisms and traditional food
  • Biodiversity
  • Mountains and mountain ecosystems
  • Farm analysis and consultancy services
  • Economics and Agricultural Trade and Food: International Issues
  • Funding of the economy

Year 5: specialization semester (14 weeks):

  • Economic development and project management in rural areas
  • Livestock management, environment and health
  • Agroecology and agronomical innovations


More information on our 8 specialization semesters


Sigolène Verneret

International Relations Department

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