The general objective of the Master's Degree is to train specialists in planning, evaluation and management of rural and local development projects, as well as the sustainable management of the territory and its biodiversity. Thus, the same programme combines training in planning, evaluation and management of development projects in their social and economic aspects; and training associated with the environmental aspects of development, technologies and methods for the sustainable management of the territory and its biodiversity. This general objective is specified in the following specific objectives to be achieved by the students participating in the Master's Degree:

Develop the skills to formulate, evaluate and manage a project within the framework of sustainable rural development.

Collect, store, process and analyze economic, social and ecological data required for the project; as well as to apply decision-making tools.

Manage and evaluate human and natural resources and of their potential, incorporating the complex interrelation between stakeholders and the rural dynamics.

Develop monitoring and evaluation programs that allow the prospective study of the territorial responses incorporating the local preconditions.

Perform a critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas within the chosen field of specialization.

Work with scientific databases to write professional and scientific documents for the dissemination of their results and work.

Communicate and present ideas to actively take part in the academic and scientific discussion as well as to inform the public about news within their chosen for specialization.

Conceive, design and implement a development work with academic rigor in their chosen field of specialization.


According to the Internacional Project Management Association, competences are demonstrated abilities that allow the application of knowledge or skills including soft skills if necessary.

Following the Dublin Descriptors of competences for each academic education level within the European Higher Education Area, the Masters’ degree programs must cover the following general competences:

Knowledge and understanding

Application of knowledge and understanding

Formulation judgments


Lifelong learning skills

Therefore, a series of transversal competences have been defined:

Written and oral communication skills: Conclude written contributions, develop the ability to synthesize and present your own ideas in a working group or to a broader public.

Integrate the prior knowledge (typically of the first education level) in a critical and relevant manner, so that it can be applied for the study, research proposals, real-life situations and strategic alternatives.

Strengthen oral and written knowledge in English.

Apply critical thinking in analysis, synthesis and in the exchange of opinions, presenting solid and structured arguments, while learning from the discourse.

Bibliographic research and analysis of information.

Ability to manage, analyze and synthesis information from various sources to solve complex problems.


Observational skills to generate hypotheses and approach experimental problems.

Use of ICT for cooperative work and teamwork.

Research based on ethical principles: respect for the fundamental human rights; the principles of equal opportunities, universal accessibility and non-discrimination; respecting cultural values of peace and democracy. Commitment to these rights, principles and values, motivation, positive and enthusiastic attitude; investigation based on ethics, integrity and honesty.

Additionally, a set of specific competences regarding each of the three main components have been defined:

1. Specific competences in planning, evaluation and management for rural development

CE 1.1: Understand and know the relationship between different development planning models, specific rural development policies and programs at a European and international level. Promote a participatory planning processes of sustainable management for rural spaces. A vocation for service in the public sphere to contribute to the common good.

CE 1.2: Know the participatory methodologies for the formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a development program or project and its multidimensionality (human, territorial, environmental).

CE 1.3: Know, analyze and apply participatory evaluation methodologies aimed at the internal learning of organizations that are involved in development programs and projects.

2. Specific analytical skills for sustainable development:

CE 2.1: Know current methods, techniques and tools to generate cartographic information and to quantify, represent and analyze territorial variables.

CE 2.2: Manage procedures and techniques to integrate information in the evaluation and diagnosis of the environment in planning.

CE 2.3: Know and apply the methods and algorithms of decision making, of capturing opinions and preferences and of decision support (SAD). Identify and propose the most appropriate decision-making tool to resolve conflicts of interest and/or to ensure sustainable rural and environmental development.

3. Specific competences in environmental and biodiversity management:

CE 3.1: Know current methods and trends in experimental design of soil biochemistry or soil-plant interactions, as well as the tools for farm and agroforestry management and the methods of sustainable land-use optimization.

CE 3.2: Apply current water analysis techniques within the hydrological network and soil. Know methods of treatment at low cost for the protection and control of water quality.

CE 3.3: Identify, assess and integrate the components of an ecosystem or landscape in models for the integral management of natural resources. Identify the critical elements for the conservation and improvement of biodiversity, in agroforestry systems, especially at a local scale.

CE 3.4: Know the methods of socio-economic valuation as well as those of capturing opinions and preferences in order to integrate them in the decision-making processes. Identify the most appropriate valuation method responding to resolve conflicts of interest and/or to ensure sustainable rural and environmental development.

Where we are

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería
Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas

Campus Ciudad Universitaria
Avenida Puerta de Hierro, 2 - 4
28040 Madrid, Spain

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Schools and Department

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería  de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural
Grupo de Investigación Gesplan
Grupo de Investigación Silvanet

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Collaborating institutions

IPMA International Project Management Association
Asociación Española de Dirección e Ingeniería de Proyectos
Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura
Università degli Studi di Catania
University College Cork
Sup Agro Montpellier
Wageningen University and Research