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Our master's students are based in the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE).

GIIDAE provides an outstanding postgraduate learning experience, attracting a wide range of students from more than 40 countries. We provide the opportunity to study in a truly diverse community.


International community

We are home to a large international community, attracting students and researchers from more than 40 countries in Africa, South and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

You'll join a diverse community with a range of learners, from young graduates to experienced mid-career professionals, helping to create a unique and globalised learning experience. We value the diversity of our students and encourage peer-to-peer learning.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in many formal and informal social activities in our vibrant GIIDAE community.

Supportive environment

At GIIDAE, we strive to create an engaging environment that is stimulating, thought-provoking and experimental. The course materials and learning environment combine to create an educational experience that aims to empower you to contribute to a more equitable, sustainable future.

You'll gain the knowledge and tools to be part of the solution to global challenges we face in the twenty-first century.


GIIDAE is based in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, in a dedicated building on Reading's award-winning parkland campus. Our modern facilities include everything from large lecture theatres to research facilities, both on campus and at our working farms.

The School building has a café and comfortable student meeting spaces, plus 24-hour access to computers. The building also houses a comprehensive student support centre.

Learn more about our extensive facilities


Our master's by research

Further your knowledge of animal nutrition, health, behaviour and sustainable livestock production with our flexible MSc by Research in Animal Science. You'll also develop your skills as an independent researcher.

Why study with us

Develop your expertise and gain specialist skills for your future career. You'll benefit from extensive research facilities in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development.


How you'll study

Our master's course offers flexible study options, with online taught modules enabling you to remain at your workplace during your studies. The research element of your degree can be conducted either at your workplace or at Reading.