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 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
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.
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.
• Critical training in applied economics, marketing, and quantitative and qualitative research techniques • Develop an understanding of economic and marketing aspects of food, including consumers’ decisions, globalisation in food retailing and manufacturing, and policy issues • Acquire the professional skills to work for world organisations such as the EU and FAO, NGOs, international food companies and consulting companies
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.
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
Evidence of English Language ability required: an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5 (or equivalent)