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Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

GradDip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development 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.

Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development offers an oppurtunity for students to equip themselves with some the requisite skills and knowledge base to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development. The goal of the programmes is to prepare graduates for roles 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.
• 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.

Entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a minimum of a second class honours degree, or international equivalent, in a range of subject areas including life sciences, humanities, arts and business.
• 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.

Duration

1 year full-time (X449), 2 years part-time (X450).

Number of credits

60

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.

Related Programmes
• MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development FT
• Grad Cert Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development PT

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

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

Global Biodiversity and Heritage
ARCH41050

Planning for Development
RDEV40470

Agricultural Extension & Innov
RDEV40560

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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

The Grad Dip Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development is designed to accommodate applicants with a range of academic qualifications including life sciences, humanities, arts and business. Applicants are usually expected to have an honours university degree. Exceptions can be made for graduates with a pass university-level degree combined with substantial relevant professional or voluntary experience.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development FT (X449)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

Grad Dip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development PT (X450)
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

GradDip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (X449) Full Time
EU fee per year - €5,600
non EU fee per year - €16,535

GradDip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (X450) Part Time
EU Year 1 - €3,000
EU Year 2 - €3,000 aa
non EU Year 1 - €8,265
non EU Year 2 - €8,070

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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