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Agricultural Extension & Innovation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to be effective in building the capacity of farmers / food producers to adopt new practices and technologies. 

- Develop competencies in analysis of the context of agricultural change; design and development of appropriate advisory strategies to support agricultural development

- Equip Graduates on how to support adult learning and behaviour change; and research and analytical skills to identify and support worthwhile innovations.

- The programme aims to prepare graduates for future roles in advisory services, technical consultancy and education

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 Programme is primarily focused on meeting the needs of Agricultural Science graduates who are interested in careers in advisory, consultancy or education services in the public, private or non-governmental sector. This programme will suit you if you are interested in supporting farmers in agricultural innovation and development and are interested in understanding more about the processes of learning that underpin change and development. The programme is suitable for individuals interested in careers in agricultural extension and education in the public, private or non-governmental sector.

Programme outcomes:
-Demonstrate a specialized understanding of the agricultural knowledge and innovation system and in particular the synergy between research, extension and education as policy instruments in the context of agricultural change;
-Demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the interplay between economic, social, cultural, and psychological factors that affect farm household decision making and the ability to use this understanding to formulate appropriate responses to clients in different circumstances;
-Design and develop appropriate advisory and educational strategies to support agricultural development;
-Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to support adult learning and behavior change;
-Apply research and analytical skills required to identify and support worthwhile innovations
-Be competent to facilitate processes of knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange in support of client livelihoods;
-Be committed to ongoing reflective practice and professional development

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a range of academic qualifications including Agricultural Science, Life Science and Business Degree programmes from a recognised higher education institution. Applications are welcome from people with work experience in government and non-governmental organisations that provide rural extension services in agriculture, environmental and community development.

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.


D049 1 year full time
D050 2 years part time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Career opportunities for graduates of this programme are in agricultural advisory, consulting and education services. Across Europe and internationally there is increasing attention on the critical contribution of Knowledge Transfer processes to sustainable and competitive agricultural development and graduates with competencies in agricultural extension are highly sought.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Proposed modules for students enrolling on the Agricultural Extension and Innovation include:

Core Modules:

Creative Thinking & Innovation IA40310
Research Methods Part I RDEV40450
Research Methods Part II RDEV40460
Strategic Communications RDEV40480
Agricultural Extension & Innov RDEV40560
Minor Thesis (Ext & Innovation) RDEV40620

Optional Modules:

Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy AERD30030
Agri-Environmental Nutrient Management AESC40140
Advanced Beef Production ANSC40030
Advanced Dairy Production ANSC40040
Advanced Sheep Husbandry ANSC40050
Developments in Grassland CPSC40040
Devs in Crop Production & Util CPSC40050
Policies & Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development RDEV40150
Theory & Practice of Rural Enterprises RDEV40300
Planning for Development RDEV40470
Sustainable Agriculture RDEV40490

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation FT (D049)
Duration 1 Years Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation PT (D050)
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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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