MSc by Research in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment

Research Agriculture, Ecology and Environment at the University of Reading

Providing an integrated understanding of ecology and environmental science with social and economic considerations in agricultural systems

Programme provides: This programme prepares students for a research career in in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors or for subsequent doctoral studies in agroecology and environmental sciences. The course will be taught by researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide and highly respected by employers in the sector.

This Masters programme will:

  • provides a multi-disciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems.
  • provides a rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science.
  • develops your critical appraisal skills of research literature at the interface between agriculture, ecology and environmental science.
  • gives you the skills to plan, manage and conduct an in-depth field and / or lab based independent research project.

Programme specification:

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact the program director.

A key element of the programme is a 30-week research project that is worth 120 credits. To conduct this project you will join one of the University's thriving research teams and be supervised closely by experts in the field. The topic of this research project will be finalised during the MSc and can be based around your specific area of interest, but it must fit within the wider remit of Agriculture, Ecology and Environment. Academics in the School have the expertise to supervise projects across a wide-range of topics. You can follow the links below to visit the personal research pages of a range of potential supervisors, which will give you an idea of the possible subject areas that projects could be based around. This is not an exhaustive list of supervisors and if you already have a project or topic in mind, which you feel is not covered by the expertise of the academics below, please email us and we will work with you to identify a suitable supervisor.

Possible supervisors in the School include:

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please look here.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within GIIDAE, please see our brochure.


Why study at Reading


Reasons for studying at GIIDAE

Renowned for our social and friendly atmosphere where student and staff interaction is paramount; we provide a supportive learning environment that welcomes students from around the world.

Our diversity is our strength as we cover a broad variety of topics with everything from Agricultural Economics, to Food Security and International Development.

The ability to choose modules from a wide range within the School and across the University allows you to tailor your programme to meet your interests and career aspirations.

We offer excellent opportunities for professional networking, with the option of placement experiences in the UK and overseas.

Our programmes add value to your personal and professional development as we connect the theory, practice and policy.

Our Masters students rated their experience with us at 91% satisfaction overall, so you can be sure your experience with be a good one.

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