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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.

The programme aims to prepare graduates for future roles in advisory services, agricultural sales, agricultural media, agri-tech companies, consultancy and education delivery as well as providing opportunities for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for agricultural science and other graduates who are already working in areas of knowledge transfer with farmers.
• 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 with research and analytical skills to identify and support worthwhile innovations.
• The programme includes the option to take an industry placement as part of the minor thesis. Students have taken their placements with international advisory services and technology companies including AHDB and Microsoft

The Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation (available both part and full time) aims to build competencies in agricultural advisory and educational services and systems that can support and enable learning and behaviour change at farm level, so that farm households can innovate and build sustainable livelihoods in a context of changing agricultural policy and market forces. The programme prepares Agricultural Science graduates for future roles in advisory services, technical consultancy and education delivery as well as providing opportunities for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for agricultural science and other graduates who are already working in areas of knowledge transfer with farmers. The programme equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver appropriate agricultural advisory and educational programmes that serve the needs of farmers and farm families who are their clients. The programme emphasises and values group work, problem solving and creative thinking and encourages students to be active, self-directed and reflective learners. Assignments are based on real life case studies that are complex and unpredictable, reflecting the norms of practice in advisory and education services.

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
• Apply research and analytical skills required to identify and support worthwhile innovations
• Be committed to ongoing reflective practice and professional development
• Be competent to facilitate processes of knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange in support of client livelihoods
• 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
• Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to support adult learning and behaviour change
• Design and develop appropriate advisory and educational strategies to support agricultural development.

Entry requirements

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.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Duration

D049: 1 year full time.
D050: 2 years part time.

Number of credits

90

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:

Stage 1 - Core Modules:
Creative Thinking & Innovation
IA40430

Research Methods Part I
RDEV40450

Research Methods Part II
RDEV40460

Strategic Communications
RDEV40480

Agricultural Extension & Innov
RDEV40560

Minor Thesis (Ext&Innovation)
RDEV40620

Stage 1 - Optional Modules:
Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy
AERD30030

Agri-Environmental Nutrient Management
AESC40140

Sheep Production
ANSC30390

Developments in Grassland
CPSC40040

Devs in Crop Production & Util
CPSC40050

Innovation Sprint
IA40350

Economics and Sociology in Rural Development
RDEV40050

Policies & Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
RDEV40150

Theory & Practice of Rural Enterprises
RDEV40300

Planning for Development
RDEV40470

Sustainable Agriculture
RDEV40490

Understanding the Family Farm Business
RDEV40730

Comment

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.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation FT (D049)
Deadline Rolling *

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation PT (D050)
Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation (D049) Full Time
EU: fee per year - € 8875
nonEU: fee per year - € 25600

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation (D050) Part Time
EU: fee per year - €4490
nonEU: fee per year - €12800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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