Master of Applied Science - International Rural Development

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    November Summer School - 11 Nov 2024

  • Qualification

    Research Master's

    Taught and Research Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

This programme is not being offered in 2023.

Lincoln University’s focus and reputation for research opens the way for you to study programmes that connect different topics across a range of fascinating areas with real relevance to the future of our planet and natural resources.

This research-based Master’s lets you blend study and application across areas like agriculture, industry, transport, communications, recreation and tourism. Then relate these to vitally important subjects like international rural development and the management and conservation of our biosphere and natural resources.

The International Rural Development specialisation cultivates understanding of how communities across the world are attempting to grow productivity of land-based industries whilst also limiting and reducing negative environmental and socio-cultural impacts. There is a global need for graduates with sophisticated understanding of the challenges associated with these goals, requiring knowledge of the latest social and technological solutions, management systems and new science. The programme expands your abilities to engage through the economic, social and political dimensions, as they apply to the development contexts of agribusiness, environmental management, economics, finance and tourism.

Programme information

Programme Structure

You’re required to complete 240 credits.  This is normally made up of 120 credits of taught courses (from the regulation schedules for the relevant Master’s degree) and a thesis worth 120 credits. Students enrolling in a thesis-only Master’s only need complete a minimum of 120 credits. 

The first year’s study provides preliminary research preparation.

You can find a list of available supervisors here.

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

You’re also required to select one elective 600-level course from the Schedule of Courses. We recommend you take course advice to ensure that your course choices create a coherent programme of study.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Hamish Rennie

Hamish Rennie

Associate Professor
Christopher Rosin

Dr Christopher Rosin

Senior Lecturer
Gebeyaw Degarege

Dr Gebeyaw Degarege


Key information for students

Compare qualification and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Need more info?

Email us on

Or call us on 0800 10 60 10

If you're overseas, please call +64 3 423 0000