After graduation, our students successfully go on to work in a diverse range of jobs, including within NGOs, government, the private sector, media and academia, and within the UK, EU and internationally. New students have a range of different background experiences and all our Masters courses allow flexibility for individuals to build their knowledge base and skills set to suit their particular career ambitions. Our one year Masters courses are an excellent stepping stone to change career direction while mid-career professions use the courses to positively enhance their employment opportunities.

Opportunities for research experience and networking

During the Masters course, students complete a research dissertation, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase and learn newly gained experience and skills, with some undertaking overseas field research and linkage with organisations in the development sector.

During your course you will have the opportunity to engage with organisations such as UK Department for International Development, British Council, Overseas Development Institute, JICA, Concern International, PZ Cussons, a private tea corporation in India, Mediae, GAMOS, Just Ideas, InsightShare, Aviva, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, AIDS-Free World as well as researchers from other Universities.

Career planning

We take seriously the need to support our Masters students in thinking about their careers after graduation and during the Masters 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.

There is excellent support for our Masters students from the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre, with one-to-one consultations, guidance on placements and interviews available.

English language support

Support for English Language is also offered free to international students, to support their academic writing and technical communication, with a ten week course plus one-to-one follow up support.

Opportunities for personal and professional development

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

See what our graduates and current students say about their enhanced employability

James McQuilken, MSc Environment and Development 2011-12

‘My time at GIIDAE has prepared me for a career in development – whether it be a working for an NGO, government agency, development consultant, inter alia, or continued study for a PhD.’

Julia Powell, MSc in Communication for Development 2010-12 (part time)

‘I come from a communications and campaigns background working for UK based development and fair trade organisations and am interested in moving into the field of 'communication for development'. The course provides an excellent mix of communication theory and practical exercises to increase understanding of the field and develop communication design skills.’

Susana Alo, MSc Communication for Development 2010-11

‘As the Gender Promotion Program National Coordinator of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation where communication with rural women is a regular theme, I looked forward to enhancing my communication skills with the MSc Communication for Development programme. I have not been disappointed. I can firmly say that I am now very well equipped to make the necessary changes to the communication approaches adopted by my organisation when I return to work, so the desired developmental goals can be achieved more rapidly.’

Miguel Chaves, MSc in Agricultural Economics 2010-11

‘Coming from a background in agronomy and farm management, I joined the MSc. in Agricultural Economics to fulfil the will to pursue a career specialization in international agricultural and food economics. Now, equipped with these new tools, I feel fully prepared to embrace the career specialization I was seeking before the programme, in international projects related with agricultural and rural development or related with economic analysis and market research.' Miguel is now employed as a rice research analyst in Geneva.

William Mwanza, MSc Development, Policy, Practice and Process 2010-11

‘The MSc Development Policy, Practice and Process has been for me a great step in my quest to becoming a well-rounded and effective development practitioner. In furthering my career, I am now pursuing an LLM in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh.’

Chipaso Nkhonjera, MSc in Applied Development Studies 2010-11

‘The course exposes students to different contexts of development and how a development practitioner can initiate change.'

Inibehe George Ukpong, MSc Agricultural Economics 2010-11

‘The MSc Agricultural Economics course has helped me to gain a wider understanding of practical applications of economic concepts and policies to promote global agricultural development. It has also helped me improve greatly on analytical skills, econometrics and other professional skills to build upon my career. I am now an academic staff of a federal tertiary institution in my country; a job I will do with confidence having acquired such great expertise at Reading.’

Abosede Alimi, MSc Communication for Development 2009-10

‘Now that I have completed the MSc, I feel equipped to address development issues on any scale regardless of who it is targeted at. In addition, the understanding of new media and its uses to accelerate development is an area that gives me a clear edge over my peers as Head, CSR in a private organisation'.

Eileen Berrisford, MSc Food Economics and Marketing 2004-05

‘Taking a year off work to study for an MSc in Food Economics and Marketing at Reading was a big decision, but one that I haven't regretted for a minute. I have returned to work in a new, senior management role as Customer Agenda Manager in the Food Strategy Team, a role I would not have been able to undertake without the skills I learnt at Reading.’

Luc Razafimandimby, MSc Development Finance 2001-02

‘Before I joined the University of Reading, I worked as a consultant to the World Bank. I then decided I needed to further strengthen my understanding of development if I was to apply for a regular position in this organisation. The Development Finance programme greatly helped me.’

Amin Abdulkadir, MSc Agriculture and Development graduate

‘I had a little knowledge in Agriculture development prior to visiting Reading as a student. I gained critical understanding on different perspectives of development which are pertinent and are really helping me in my current post.' Amin is now a Deputy Head in Afar Regional Government Agricultural and Pastoral Development Bureau in Ethiopia.'

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