Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
This programme aims to meet the demand of the modern world for engineers who
are also skilled professionals, understand the social and technological aspects
of innovation processes and can apply that knowledge in a variety of context
worldwide. The course is designed to train a new generation of scientifically
equipped professionals. The challenge is to integrate students previously
acquired technical competence with new cognitive skills at an advanced
conceptual level in the social sciences in order to make innovations work.
Graduates will be able to:
Integrate his/her previously acquired technical or societal competencies
with social science perspectives, theory and cognitive skills as a scientist
with aim towards creating synergentic processes of socio-technical change in
variety of complex contexts and agro-ecological settings, particularly in
Define, structure, formulate, conduct and reflect on social-empirical
research in a cross disciplinary context focusing on sustainable
agro-ecological resource management.
Design, implement, facilitate and evaluate social-technical change
programmes for sustainable agro-ecological resource management, based on a
thorough understanding of the situation and application of related
Recognize and asses a conflict or potential conflict concerning resources
and facilitate a multi-stakeholder platform for conflict resolution with an
aim towards preventing escalation and identifying new suistainable
perspectives and opportunities for the social actors involved.
Asses and evaluate institutional, inter-institutional and organisational
change processes and convert these into strategies for cpacity building in
its broadest sense.
Convert research findings and/or outcomes of the social-technical change
and innovation processes into conducive and supportive policy interventions
or strategies for policy development.
Students can major in fields such as:
- Communication and Innovation Studies - focusing on communication,
facilitation and design
- Technology and Agrarian Development - focusing on technography and
- Rural Development Sociology - focusin on livelihood strategies and local
BSc in technical sciences, management, or business
studies, preferably related to agriculture, rural development,
natural resource management, the food industry, or similar fields.
TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5