Taught course

Agricultural Economics

University of Reading · Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics - GIIDAE

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Knowledge of microeconomics required, but if you are a strong applicant with little or no prior training in economics, you may be admitted provided you attend a pre-sessional course.

Months of entry


Course content

* Rigorous training in applied economics, combining theory with applied material
* Enhances quantitative and qualitative research skills
* Skills development includes econometrics, cost-benefit analysis and modelling
* Prepares you for a range of career options, including as an agricultural economist, policy analyst or an environmental consultant working for government departments, and positions within non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agribusinesses

About the Department

International Development, Agriculture and Economics at Reading

The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) attracts more than 90 masters students each year from over 40 countries; it is an outstanding example of a globalised educational experience.

The diverse nature of our degree courses reflects our international expertise, and our interactive approach to learning gives you a coherent understanding of theory, practice and current debates in international development, agriculture and economics. We are ranked 1st in the UK and 10th in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry.[1]

You will be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of research, practice and policy development. Our expertise spans agriculture and economics, horticulture, food, marketing, rural environments and international development. There are also excellent opportunities for short work placements overseas.

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit www.reading.ac.uk/apd-pgt-funding.aspx.

[1] QS World University Rankings, 2017.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    A tailored version of any of our MSc courses can be arranged over a three or six-month period with the approval of the Course Director. A postgraduate Diploma consists of 120 credits and a postgraduate certificate, 60 credits.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team