Taught course

Sustainable Livestock Production

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 (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Students may register for the PGCert, or for individual modules, either as credit-bearing modules, or non-credit bearing Continuing Professional Development.

Months of entry


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.

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.

  • Analyse the role that livestock play in the livelihoods of stakeholders in different settings.
  • Advise stakeholders on pathways to enhance the sustainability of different livestock production systems.
  • Critically evaluate livestock production from a social, biological and financial perspective.
  • Create and analyse programmes for the sustainable production of livestock in a range of global settings.

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: Graduate Institute (GIIDAE)

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the website for fee information

Qualification and course duration


12 months

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Cardey