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Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development

Overview
Sustainable rural development involves challenging the disparities between rural and urban areas, protecting the countryside and sustaining local services. This innovative Masters programme promotes leadership and embraces action-based, experiential learning, facilitated through a series of lectures, work placements and group projects. The programme fosters critical thinking and promotes the use of initiative for problem solving and decision-making in sustainable development.

Why Queen's?
Part of our MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development, contains a rural placement. The placement aims to help students become sustainable development 'champions' who can identify and address problems of rural sustainability in innovative ways and further mainstream sustainable development across all sectors and at all levels.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submission of a portfolio and/or interview may be required.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Contact Teaching Hours per Week.
Autumn semester: approximately 12 hours.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Our graduates occupy important positions both locally and globally within the following voluntary, governance, business and finance sectors:
• Climate change and health
• Rural development
• Eco-tourism Food,
• Farming and horticulture Natural and built environment
• Planning and renewable energy
• Regional and local government within the EU and internationally
• Retail companies
• Rural and urban regeneration
• Sustainable transport
• Waste and recycling.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Jude Stephens
The Gibson Institute for Land, Food and
Environment
T: +44 (0)28 9097 2114
E: j.stephens@qub.ac.uk
W: www.qub.ac.uk/gibsoninstitute

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Autumn Semester
Students will be introduced to leadership and sustainable development over three taught modules to help gain an overview of the principles and values of sustainable development, and why it is important.

• Leadership for Sustainable Development: explores theories and practices of leadership and project management in the context of sustainable development.

• Foundations for Sustainable Development 1 & 2: considers core themes, policies and strategies underpinning sustainable development.

• Effective Leadership (Group Project): requires a small group of students to engage over the year in a project of their choice to promote sustainable development through 'experiential learning'

Spring and Summer Semesters Students carry out a sixteen-week placement in the rural sector or with an organisation that has a rural interest. This can be in government, business or the voluntary sector, in Northern Ireland or abroad.

Comment

Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the Msc in Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Teaching is across a combination of morning and afternoon classes throughout the week.

Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course include; lectures, practical experiences, E-Learning technologies, Self-directed study and added value qualifications to enhance employability.

Did you know?
The School of Biological Sciences was the first school of Biological Sciences in the UK to achieve a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its outstanding progress in promoting gender equality and addressing the unequal representation of women in science.

Assessment method

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the course.

This includes; research projects, group work, one examination, presentations, reports and essays, seminar contribution and reflective self-assessment.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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