Rural Futures Planning & Innovation

Your Course
Rural places and communities, rapidly changing and evolving, have a complexity on a par with their urban counterparts in terms of the processes and trends that shape them. Equally, while particulars of what drives change and development in rural areas is linked to past and present knowledge, uncertainty about the future of rural areas, and even more so the ability to plan for the possible and desired shape of that future, continues to present a challenge. This programme responds to these challenges by focusing on how planning and innovation can contribute to the future of rural areas. The programme explores how we can envisage and strategically plan for rural change (including agricultural change), and how we might aim for alternative, desirable future rural developments based on the promotion of innovation. It emphasises how planning and innovation are linked to improvements-in methods, processes, products, services or technologies-in supporting and nurturing new ideas which promote a sustainable rural future.

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.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year, full-time

Enrolment dates

2020–21 academic year

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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