Rural Futures Planning & Innovation

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Much is known about major trends impacting on rurality; however, despite considerable knowledge about these impacts, past and present, we still struggle to deal with uncertainty about the future for the rural, and to plan for the possible, probable, and desired shape of that future. This programme approaches such challenges by focusing on how innovation contributes to future planning for rurality; how to envisage and plan for alternative, feasible and desirable future developments in the rural based on the promotion and implementation of innovation across various spheres. It considers how innovation is linked to improvements—in methods, processes, products, services or technologies; how it can be about promoting a culture of innovation that supports and nurtures new ideas; whether innovation interventions are pitched at appropriate scales and with relevant supports.


1. The programme is delivered by staff who: have established reputations in internationally and nationally funded rural research and publications; have active networks with key international and national rural institutions; and extensive teaching experience ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels.

2. The focus on futures planning is unique, emphasising progression towards desired rural futures.

3. The programme emphasises field-based and applied approaches to teaching and learning, developing strong ruralspecific and other skills valued by employer.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
A Level 8 Degree, or equivalent, with a standard of H2.2 overall, with H2.1 in a relevant discipline.


1 year, full-time

Enrolment dates

2020–21 academic year

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Career Opportunities
Graduates of this programme will be able to consider careers in a number of areas dealing with rural innovation, development and planning, including the following: government departments; public service organisations; local tourism and heritage organisations; local development organisations; international aid organisations. Further study opportunities—graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies to PhD level in a range of disciplines at NUI Galway.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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