Research course

Agriculture, Ecology and Environment

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

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree, ideally with upper second class honours or above (or equivalent from an internationally recognised university outside the UK) in a subject relevant to agriculture, ecology, geography or environmental sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Learn from researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide
  • Develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems
  • Gain experience in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science
  • Plan, manage and conduct an in-depth field and/or lab-based independent research project

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 (according to the QS World University Rankings, 2017).

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.

Information for international students

Applicants require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £​10,205 p/a
International students
Full time: EU £10,205 p/a Non EU £​20,555 p/a

For information on funding and scholarships, please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team