Taught course

Agriculture and Development

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

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics (GIIDAE) attracts over 90 master’s students each year from over 40 countries, making the Institute an outstanding example of a globalised educational experience. The diverse nature of our programmes reflects our international expertise, and our interactive approach to learning gives you a coherent understanding of theory, practice and current debates in international development and applied economics. We are ranked 12th in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry and our students have given us a 91% satisfaction rating.1 You will be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of research and policy development. Our expertise spans agriculture and economics, horticulture, food, rural environments and international development. Our links with the Centre for Food Security and the Walker Institute ensure our teaching covers cutting-edge topics, has an applied dimension and remains highly policy relevant. There are also excellent opportunities for overseas study thanks to our close links with international partners and an active placement programme.
• Agriculture at Reading is rated best in the UK (QS World Ranking 2016)
• Develop skills for working along the researchextension- development continuum
• Examine agriculture’s contribution towards the UN’s sustainable development goals
• Analyse the biophysical, economic and social contexts for sustainable intensification of farming systems in developing countries
• Programme includes optional horticulture pathway
Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.2 Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: www.reading.ac.uk/giidae

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

distance learning
n/a months

PGCert

distance learning
n/a months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Sarah Cardey
Email
pgso@reading.ac.uk