Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Mestrado em Sociologia Rural e Gestão do desenvolvimento

(Master in Rural Sociology and Development Management)

Name of the HEI offering the course: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Mestrado em Sociologia Rural e Gestão do desenvolvimento (Master in Rural Sociology and Development Management)

Duration (in semesters): 4

Study credits/hours (per semester): 30/204.5
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

To train professionals to manage processes of rural development with competencies to undertake research on rural development and to design, monitor and evaluate development plans and programs. Specifically the student is trained to understand the perceptions and strategies of different actors in the communities involved in rural development activities and to conceive participative solutions to rural development problems.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

It is a four years program, organized in three phases. In phase one (semester I) the student attends subjects offering basic knowledge on rural sociology and communication competences (Communication, cooperation, moderation and conflicts management, socio-economic structure of rural areas, rural institutions, local policies, interventions and development, research methods for social sciences and basic sociology). In phase two (semesters II and III) the student acquires professional methodological tools to undertake research leading to practical action and decision-making. In phase three (semester IV), the student prepares and defends the dissertation. Assessment is done through long essays, papers, classroom presentations, class assignments, written or oral exam and public defence of the dissertation.

Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

The program in Rural Sociology and Development and Management gives competencies in both private and public sectors, including national or international NGOs, dealing with community development or social and economic development in rural disadvantaged communities, planning and implementing actions focusing on socio-economic development of rural communities. The program provides skills and competencies for better governance of issues related to rural development, such as design, planning and evaluation of policies, strategies, programs and projects of rural development; management of processes of community development with participatory methods and techniques; and management of practical issues of rural development through research based solutions.

Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

The University Council ( or (

Period of validity of accreditation:
5 years

 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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