Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development - Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

GradCert Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

This Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) programme at UCD responds to the new agenda for agriculture and rural area development. It represents a return to core values in the development of rural areas which are rooted in agricultural change as well as responding to new societal demands such as safe and ethically produced food, a healthier environment and sustainable and affordable energy. These issues are relevant in both Ireland, industrialised countries and in the developing world.

This programme prepares graduates for roles of leadership, advocacy and influence in local, national and international development settings. This is achieved by strengthening capabilities in the relevant analytical, communications and entrepreneurship skills, underpinned by the provision of an enhanced understanding of the theory, policy and practice of rural development.

The learning environment fosters individual and group-based activities, which develop students' skills of inquiry, critical thinking, self-directed and collaborative learning. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including group project work, student presentations, individual assignments, field trips and case study work.

Graduates are awarded a 30-credit Graduate Certificate, NFQ Level 9.

The modules in this course comprise part of a more extensive graduate programme in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate course can build on this course in future years to obtain the Graduate Diploma or a Masters Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development.

Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development offers an oppurtunity for students to equip themselves with some the requisite skills and knowledge base to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development. The goal of the programmes is to prepare graduates for roles in local, national and overseas development settings. This is achieved by strengthening their capabilities in the relevant analytical, communications and entrepreneurship skills, underpinned by the provision of an enhanced understanding of the theory, policy and practice of rural development. The learning environment fosters individual and group-based activities, which develop students' skills of inquiry, critical thinking, self-directed and collaborative learning. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including group project work, student presentations, individual assignments, field trips and case study work.

Programme Outcomes
• Demonstrate enhanced problem-solving skills for application to issues in agriculture and rural development and the ability to formulate/evaluate potential solutions

• Plan and implement strategic communications campaigns in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) settings

• Understand and interpret strategies applied in achieving the objectives of SARD in Irish, EU and developing country contexts

• Understand the nature and practice of rural diversification

• Understand the context in which sustainable agriculture and rural development related policies are devised

• Understand the key principles and practices that make agriculture sustainable.

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Entry requirements

- Applicants must hold a minimum of a second class honours degree, or international equivalent, in a range of subject areas.

- Applications are welcome from people from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including humanities, sciences and business who are interested in pursuing careers in the broad arena of rural and community development.

- Exceptions may be made for applicants who do not hold the minimum educational requirement if they can demonstrate substantial relevant professional or voluntary experience.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Theory & Practice of Rural Enterprises RDEV40300
Strategic Communications RDEV40480
Sustainable Agriculture RDEV40490

Duration

1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates from this programme will be equipped with the required skills and knowledge base to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development in Ireland or Internationally in both the public and private sector.

Graduates typically find employment in government, agricultural and rural development agencies, local development agencies, NGOs involved in rural development, as well as donor agencies and international development organisations.

Graduate Roles
• Development Managers
• Advisors
• Consultants
• Public servants
• Researchers

More details
  • Qualification letters

    GradCert

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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