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MScAgriculture for Sustainable Development

Tuition fee £12,500.00 per year
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This programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in agriculture and sustainable development in the private sector, research, NGO or government communities. It provides a firm grounding in research methods applicable to the study of sustainable agriculture and the intellectual tools for understanding sustainable agriculture systems. The courses combine theoretical approaches and empirically based learning from case studies of real projects and agricultural scenarios.

Teaching will focus on case studies from NRI’s corporate experience of looking at how research into agricultural issues, both in the natural and social sciences, can be translated into knowledge and products that have real impact on increasing the effectiveness of agriculture in delivering food security and enhancing livelihoods for all stakeholders. The potential role of agricultural innovations, both in technology, including biotechnology, knowledge systems, extension services and institutional partnerships in promoting development are also a strong theme in courses.

The aims of the programme are:

To understand modern agricultural systems and the associated technologies of production together with their potential impacts on agriculture and livelihoods
To understand the social, institutional and economic context within which agriculture operates
To understand modern agriculture and its role in sustainable development.

Programme structure

Research Methods (15 credits)
Tools for Sustainable Agriculture (15 Credits)
Integrated Pest Management (30 credits)
Independent research project dissertation (60 credits)
Two to four options from a list that currently includes: Agronomy (15); Agroforestry (15); Economics, Agriculture, and Marketing (15); Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture (15); Biotechnology and Transgenic Crops (30); Plant Disease Management (15); Plant Quarantine and Sustainable Resource Management (15); Biotechnology and Diagnostic Methods (30); Agricultural Innovation for Development (15); Soils and Environments (15) (60 credits)

Career opportunities

This programme provides specialist expertise for those working or seeking to work in agricultural development or research, or pursuing an advanced agricultural or development qualification in the UK and overseas. Students graduate with a broad general knowledge of agricultural applications in sustainable development and also more focused in-depth knowledge.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States