The Master’s is structured in 16 modules during the winter and summer terms:

  • 9 are compulsory core modules with a total of 35 ECTS credits
  • 6 are electives, that comprise a total of 13 ECTS. Students need to attend at least 10 ECTS out of the electives.
  • The annual course of 15 ECTS is compulsory and takes place in both terms.

  TERM CORE MODULES ELECTIVE MODULES
Module I (21 ECTS)
Planning, Management and Evaluation of Rural Development
September - January Rural Planning Based on Ecology: Introduction to Development Models (5 ECTS) Description Guía Planning in the Public Sphere: From Theory to Action (5 ECTS) Description Guía
Evaluation Design: Methods and Tools (5 ECTS) Description Guía Participatory and Collaborative Evaluation for Empowerment (2 ECTS) Description Guía
The Basic Concepts of Project Management for Rural/Local Development (5 ECTS) Description Guía Competence Baseline for the Competences in Project Management (2 ECTS) Description Guía
Module IV (6 ECTS)
Research in Rural Development
Scientific Writing: Editing the Thesis and Scientific Articles (3 ECTS) Description Guía Human Development (3 ECTS) Description Guía
Module II (9 ECTS)
Quantitative Techniques
for Sustainable Development 
January - July Methodologies in for Territorial Studies: Remote Sensing and GIS Tecnologías para el estudio del territorio: Teledetección y SIG (3 ECTS) Description Guía Applications for Socially Intelligent and Complex Systems in Rural Development (2 ECTS) Description  Guía
Support Systems for Decision-Making (4 ECTS) Description  Guía
Module III (12 ECTS) Sustainable Management of the Environment and its
Biodiversity 
Techniques and Models for Sustainable Management and Conservation of Biodiversity (4 ECTS) Description Guía The Network of Natura 2000. Concepts and Evaluation of its Conservational state and its Habitats  (2ECTS) Description Guía
Socio-Economic Assessment of Sustainability (2 ECTS) Description Guía
Sustainable Management of Soil and Water (4 ECTS) Description Guía
Module V (15 ECTS) Annual Dissertation of the Masters’ (15ECTS)

MODULE I

RURAL PLANNING BASED ON ECOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT MODELS
Compulsory
September-January
5ECTS
Coordinator: Adolfo Cazorla Montero
 
The aim of this course it to allow the students to develop a global understanding of rural sphere and to adopt an ecological vision of development. As well as to introduce development planning models which encourage the integration and participation of all actors involved of the rural environment. The course includes real practical cases of rural development plans and programs to amplify the theoretical aspects of the subject and demonstrate the possible steps for rural development and competence development.
EVALUATION DESIGN: METHODS AND TOOLS
THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR RURAL/LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
PLANNING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE: FROM THEORY TO ACTION
PARTICIPATORY AND COLLABORATIVE EVALUATION FOR EMPOWERMENT
COMPETENCE BASELINE FOR THE COMPETENCES IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

MODULO II

METHODOLOGIES IN FOR TERRITORIAL STUDIES: REMOTE SENSING AND GIS

Compulsory
January-July
4 ECTS
Coordinator: Cristina Isabel Pascual Castaño

The course aims to gain an understanding of the application of information technologies in the qualitative and quantitative characterization of the territory (surface, climate, vegetation, soil, etc.), as well as its use for the assessment and generation of models that can be incorporated into sustainable rural and environmental development plans and projects. Therefore, the subject covers the three main technological tools for capturing and processing geographic information: Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR DECISION-MAKING
APPLICATIONS FOR SOCIALLY INTELLIGENT AND COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT

MODULO III

TECHNIQUES AND MODELS FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY

Compulsory
January-July
4 ECTS
Coordinator: Antonio García Abril

Within the past 20 years, sustainable management has become an objective and a fundamental means for society, establishing it as an adaptive process instead of a static approach. Biodiversity conservation must include practices of sustainable management to achieve sustainable development. The key questions of conservation are how to develop and apply appropriate sustainable management techniques and methods for different situations and activities; and how to achieve the conservation and improvement of biodiversity. This subject reviews the state of research and shows relevant experiences of natural resource management, sustainable management and biodiversity conservation that enable students to apply in their research or professional activities these tools and references for sustainable management.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF SOIL AND WATER
THE NETWORK OF NATURA 2000. CONCEPTS AND EVALUATION OF ITS CONSERVATIONAL STATE AND ITS HABITATS

MODULO IV

SCIENTIFIC WRITING: EDITING THE THESIS AND SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

Compulsory
September-January
3 ECTS
Coordinator: José María Díaz Puente

The main objective of this subject is to inform the students about skills and requirements of writing a doctoral thesis (including its public defense) as well as of scientific articles in international journals. The subject aims to develop the technical and behavioral competences necessary for scientific writing.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

MODULO V

DISSERTATION OF THE MASTERS’

Compulsory
Both Terms (September-July)
15 ECTS (English/Spanish)
Coordinator:  José Luis Yagüe Blanco

All students participating in the Master are required to complete a Master's Thesis based on personal research work related to the subjects of the Master's.

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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
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