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Bachelor of Rural Development




Bachelor of Rural Development focus on strengthening rural economies and social structures to promote financial independence and improved quality of life for rural communities. The program is design to prepare students and professionals to understand, evaluate, and apply economic and business practices to empower rural communities to build a healthy and sustainable economy. 


RCST's Bachelor of Rural Development program is a top-up accelerated study for accomplished professionals that are working in the fields of Rural Development and Management specially on rural communities support, social integration, understanding public policies on environment, agriculture and natural resources.


The program will familiarize students with key issues of Rural Development through practical focus on environmental issues and management, economics and trade, challenges of rural society, law and governance, healthcare and disease prevention, and information management. Graduates of Bachelor of Rural Development degree will have a thorough practical knowledge of rural development issues and be able to effectively tailor and apply their knowledge to confront local challenges and promote development that sustained growth.








Bachelor of Rural Development


Bachelor of Natural Resource Science


Bachelor of Agriculture (Agribusiness)


Master of Environment and Natural Resources










Professor Krystyna Krol

Professor Jeremiah Agboola







































Career Prospects


Graduates of Bachelor of Rural Development will have the knowledge and expertise to pursue careers in a wide range of areas including economic and business development in rural communities such as


  Community Projects Manager

  Education & Training Supervisor

  External Consultants

  Research + Development Associate

  Rural Development Officer

  Community Health Inspector

  Agricultural Policy Advisor

  Rural Policy & Food Security


Program Structure and Content


Bachelor of Rural Development program structure and content listed below is based on assumption that the candidate would have completed undergraduate studies with at least 90 ECTS-Credits, and have earned Diploma, Certificates, Associate Degree or equivalents qualifications from recognised university and training institutions. Candidate that possessed higher qualifications above 90 ECTS-Credits will be granted further transferable credits, similarly, candidates with less transfer credits will be assigned additional courses



   Required Courses:  Bachelor of Rural Development

BRD 300

Fundamentals of Rural Area

BRD 310

Natural Resources

BRD 315

Rural Economics

BRD 320

Rural Finance

BRD 325

Rural Infrastructure Management

BRD 330

Livelihood Education & Training

BRD 340

Environmental Law & Ethics

BRD 345

Introduction to Environmental Studies

BRD 410

Local Government Structure

BRD 440

Humanitarian Assistance & Development

BRD 499

Bachelor Project (capstone course)



    Elective Courses - Business Curricular

BBA 260

Principles of Management


Business Environment

BBA 320

Principles of Microeconomics

BBA 325

Leadership Theory

BBA 335

Principles of Marketing

BBA 340

Financial Management

BBA 350

Managing Information Systems

BBA 415

Principles of Entrepreneurship

BBA 345

Managing Human Resources

BBA 430

Principles of Project Management

BBA 410

Operations Management

BBA 475

Quality Management



Bachelor Degree Requirements


Bachelor degree requires successful completion of minimum 180 ECTS-Credits (European Credits Transfer System) including applicable Transferred Credits. Student performance will be measure against acceptable overall academic achievements.  The Total Cumulative Credits of 180-ECTS required can be achieved through the combination of Learning Groups listed below  (pending total credits transferred into the program)


General Education Courses

Social Sciences Courses

  Agricultural and Environmental Courses.

 Business Electives Courses

 Independent Bachelor Thesis - Project


Graduation Credits Required


Accelerated Bachelor of Rural Development degree requires successful completion of 80-ECTS (European Credits Transfer System); the completed 80-units will be recorded as part of Total Cumulative Credits of 180-ECTS required for Bachelor degree graduation including applicable transfer credits. Student performance will be measure against acceptable overall academic achievements


Special Admission Requirements

  Applicant must be at least 25-years old

  Completed at least 2-years of Undergraduate programs above High School Education

  Possess Undergraduate Diploma or equivalent from recognised institution

  Minimum 1-year of relevant working experience in Rural Community or Civil Services etc

  Adults with lesser qualification but posses years' of experience will also be consider




. Additional Information

 Graduation Title

Bachelor of Rural Development

 Credits Required

80 ECTS-Credits (Accelerated Program)

 Total Credits Required

180 - 190 ECTS-Credits (include Transfer Credits)

 Assessment Methods

Exams and Assignments per course; Course Examination



 Study Duration

18 Months (Flexible Duration - depends on Transfer Credits)

 Program Delivery

Distance Learning - Online Study; Study Methods

 Admission & Enrolment

Year-Round Admission and Open Enrolment

 Admission Requirements

High School Certificate or Higher Qualifications; Admission Requirements








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