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Master of Science - Agriculture and Development at University of Reading: Tuition Fee:£21,350.00 GBP / Year (Scholarship Available)

Students interested in pursuing careers in rural development, agricultural extension, or research, can examine the role of agriculture in international contexts with the University of Reading's MSc Agriculture and Development programme. They'll critically examine how agriculture, including horticulture and agricultural research are addressing major challenges and opportunities in agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions of the developing world.

With an emphasis on farming systems, students will explore:

  • The role and contributions of agriculture and horticulture to human development, food and nutritional security, livelihoods and ecosystem services.
  • The biophysical, economic and social environments in which agriculture is practiced.
  • Advances in agricultural technology, research and practice in response to challenges such as poverty, climate change and environmental sustainability.
  • Ways to enhance the relevance, quality and impact of agricultural research and farmer-led innovation processes.

Through this Agriculture and Development Master's, students will develop skills in strategic thinking, quantitative and qualitative analysis, communication and teamwork in biological and social sciences. They'll be particularly equipped to help implement the goals to end hunger and promote sustainable agriculture.

Students will learn from academics who are conducting world-class research within international development, crop science, animal science, sustainable land management and applied economics and marketing. Current research, policy and practice examples are used throughout this course and various modules include external seminar speakers. There is a series of department and research division talks, events and field trips. Students can also choose to undertake an optional placement during the summer term.

The MSc Agriculture and Development student will be members of the School’s Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). GIIDAE attracts a diverse community of master’s students from more than 40 countries, and holds diversity, equality and high-quality teaching and learning as core values in its approach to education.

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