Taught course

Agriculture and Development

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). A knowledge of agriculture is desirable, but motivation and a desire to contribute towards global problems linked to agriculture and food production are vital.

Months of entry


Course content

* Agriculture at Reading is rated best in the UK (QS World Ranking 2017)
* Develop skills for working along the research-extension-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
* Visit farms and research stations
* Choose an agriculture or horticulture pathway

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 and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
varies months


full time
varies months

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.

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team