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Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

GradDip Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development
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.

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.

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 element), or equivalent.

Duration

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

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
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
Rural Resource Planning ERM40300
Planning for Development RDEV40470
Agricultural Extension & Innov RDEV40560

Application date

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. NoThe 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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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