Agriculture and Development (MSc) at University of Reading

University of Reading
Masters (MSc)

1 year, 2 years
Full time, Part time

Course description:

The MSc Agriculture and Development course at the University of Reading is a 12 months full time or 24 months part time taught Masters degree programme that examines the role of agriculture in development, which is designed for those pursing careers in research, extension or development, with national and international institutions. The University of Reading is the highest-ranking UK university for agriculture and forestry and ranked 9th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019 – Agriculture & Forestry. It is the only UK university in the top 50.).

You will examine the role of agriculture (including horticulture) and agricultural research in addressing the major challenges and opportunities related to agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability particularly in tropical and subtropical regions of the developing world. The course explains the role of agriculture in development, the different biophysical, economic and social environments in which agriculture is practised, elaborates recent developments in agricultural research and practice in response to challenges such as poverty, climate change and environmental sustainability, and describes the factors and processes that influence and enhance the relevance, quality and impact of agricultural research and farmer-innovation processes. On joining this course, you will become a member of the School’s Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period.


School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at University of Reading

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have a good first or second class honours degree (or international equivalent). An intermediate knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative methods is generally required, but strong applicants with little or no prior training in economics may be admitted provided they attend a pre-sessional course. The required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).


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