Find out about how we'll be delivering our courses in 2020.
Start date: September 2021
Our MSc Agriculture and Development course examines the role of agriculture in development, and is designed for those pursuing careers in research, extension or development, with national and international institutions.
The University of Reading is the highest-ranking UK University for Agriculture and Forestry and is ranked 9th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020- Agriculture & Forestry.) We are the only UK University in the top 50.
In this programme you will:
- examine the role of agriculture in addressing the global challenges and opportunities of agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability particularly in developing countries,
- gain skills in strategic thinking, quantitative and qualitative analysis, communication and teamwork in biological and social sciences.
As a school, we are committed to empowering change through our teaching and research, with our academics working to tackle some the world’s most pressing issues across their respective fields of expertise. Our mission is to make a difference in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so we offer a diverse range of modules giving you the knowledge and skills that will enable you as an individual to have an impact and be part of global change, whatever your chosen pathway.
Students will be able to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals with our approach that emphasises farming systems. The programme explores:
- the role and contributions of agriculture and horticulture to human development,
- food and nutritional security,
- livelihoods and ecosystem services,
- the biophysical, economic and social environments in which agriculture is practised,
- advances in agricultural technology,
- research and practise in response to challenges such as poverty, climate change and environmental sustainability,
- how to enhance the relevance, quality and impact of agricultural research and farmer-led innovation processes.
GIIDAE has an active scholarship programme. For more information about the scholarships, bursaries and other sources of funding available, please visit the GIIDAE website.
To learn more about postgraduate study in the School, please see the GIIDAE brochure.