Taught course

Food and Rural Development Research

Newcastle University · School of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a natural or social science, such as human geography, politics or sociology. We will also consider applications on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if you have relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Food and Rural Development Research MSc is designed to provide high quality training for those interested in a research career focusing on food social science, rural development and rural sociology. The research focus makes the course ideal if you are interested in gaining a Master's qualification and then continuing on to a PhD.

We provide research training and skills development specifically related to conducting research into rural areas, the environment and food markets. We are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing a 1+3 programme, which is a four year award with a research training Master's in the first year followed by a PhD.

You will study alongside students and staff in our Centre for Rural Economy, which specialises in interdisciplinary social science, researching rural development and policy, food and society and the wellbeing of rural communities. You will also undertake a postgraduate research training programme in our purpose-built Doctoral Training Suite, with facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for research in the social sciences and the humanities.

Through studying on our course you will:

  • identify your own research topic
  • specialise and develop skills specific to your research
  • learn research practice fundamentals
  • understand research principles, data handling and analysis

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Menelaos Gkartzios, Degree Programme Director, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
+44 (0) 191 208 6615