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Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
This Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) programme is offered by UCD in response 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 as relevant not just in Ireland, the EU and other industrialised countries, but also in countries in the developing world.

The programme draws on thirty years' experience of UCD's past MSc programmes in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension.
- Equip graduates with capabilities in core analytical, conceptual, communications and research skills as well as providing the knowledge base required to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development.

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, offering a flexible approach by which students can equip themselves with the requisite skills and knowledge base to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development. The goal of our programme is to prepare graduates for roles of leadership, advocacy and influence 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
- Understand the key principles and practices that make agriculture sustainable;
- Demonstrate enhanced problem-solving skills for application to issues in agriculture and rural development and the ability to formulate/evaluate potential solutions
- Understand and interpret strategies applied in achieving the objectives of SARD in Irish, EU and developing country contexts.
- Complete a research proposal related to a sustainable agriculture and rural development issue, undertaking relevant field and desk research, review and present literature and present and analyse relevant data.
- Understand of the nature and practice of rural diversification;
- Plan and implement strategic communications campaigns in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) settings;
- Understand the context within which sustainable agriculture and rural development related policies are devised.
- Complete a research proposal related to a sustainable agriculture and rural development issue, undertaking relevant field and desk research, review and present literature and present and analyse relevant data
- 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 Ireland, the EU and internationally
- Understand the nature and practice of rural diversification
- Understand the context within which sustainable agriculture and rural development related policies are devised
- Understand the key principles and practices that make agriculture sustainable

Entry requirements

• The Masters in Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications such as Agricultural Science, Life Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Business, Law and Engineering Degree Programmes.
• Applicants must hold minimum of a lower Second class Honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a relevant area from a recognised higher education institution.
Exceptions may be made for applicants who do not hold the minimum educational requirement if they can demonstrate substantial relevant professional or voluntary experience as detailed on a CV

• 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.

Duration

1 year full-time (X376) or 2 years part-time (X377).

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science respond to many of the major global challenges such as population growth, global warming, biodiversity, food security and food and health issues. Consequently, the opportunities for graduates globally in this discipline are excellent.

This programme is designed and delivered in a way that builds capabilities in core analytical, conceptual, communications and research skills, as well as providing the knowledge base required to develop careers in the broad area of sustainable agriculture and rural development. Graduates of this programme 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.

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Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Byrne
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 7192

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Policies & Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
RDEV40150
Minor Thesis
RDEV40230
Theory & Practice of Rural Enterprises
RDEV40300
Research Methods Part I
RDEV40450
Research Methods Part II
RDEV40460
Strategic Communications
RDEV40480
Sustainable Agriculture
RDEV40490

Stage 1 - Option

World Heritage and Sustainable Development
ARCH41020
Organic Agriculture
CPSC30050
Economics and Sociology in Rural Development
RDEV40050
Planning for Development
RDEV40470
Agricultural Extension & Innov
RDEV40560
Understanding the Family Farm Business
RDEV40730

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Programme is aimed at people from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds (including humanities, sciences, business) who are interested in pursuing careers in the broad arena of rural, community or overseas development, or in related public services or the consultancy sector. Such roles include development managers, advisors, consultants, public servants, researchers.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development FT (X376)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development PT (X377)
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Part Time
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (X376) Full Time
EU fee per year - €8,595
non EU fee per year - €24,800

MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (X377) Part Time
EU Year 1 - €4,350
EU Year 2 - €4,350 aa
non EU Year 1 - €12,400
non EU Year 2 - €12,100 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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