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    Find your career through GIIDAE


GIIDAE programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agriculture economics, and marketing within the food chain.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides excellent opportunities for networking, and competitive internships, placements and research dissertations are opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake field research or link with organisations in the development sector.

“Nothing beats the numerous networking opportunities I have had to learn from, and the audiences with highly experienced development professionals from different fields and agencies.”

Cecilia Agrinya, MSc Communication for Development

Support for employability

In addition to research and networking opportunities, you will also be supported by the University's excellent Student Careers, Placement and Experience Centre, which can enhance and promote your employability, careers and educational prospects. This also includes dedicated activities integrated into programme delivery, such as custom careers service provision to equip you for working in the international development sector.


We have a growing placement programme, and during the course of your studies you may choose to undertake a placement at home or overseas. Some students also opt to pursue field research abroad for their dissertation.

Students have had the opportunity to engage with organisations including the UK Department for International Development, British Council, Overseas Development Institute, JICA, Concern International, PZ Cussons, Mediae, GAMOS, Just Ideas, InsightShare, Aviva, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, FAO, and researchers from other universities.

Career planning

We will support you as you think about your career after graduation, and during your master's course we provide a CV writing workshop with guidance on developing your individual marketing. In addition, we offer detailed support on career planning for those in the international development and applied economics sector, with insights offered from organisations in this sector. We recognise, for example, the diverse, individual needs of international students or those wishing to work in the international job market.

Opportunities for personal and professional development

In addition, there are opportunities for volunteering offered via the University, such as the RED Award. Undertaking extra-curricular activities help you to get the most out of your experience in terms of professional and personal development and can enhance your employability as employers look for applicants who stand out from the crowd and who recognise their own abilities and ambitions.


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The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service.

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