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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.

Student group meeting

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.

My degree enabled me to expand my knowledge on topics that have paved my professional career. The multicultural study environment developed my interpersonal skills greatly, which are now key to my present job. I am now supporting the supervision of a global project portfolio within a French NGO.
Larissa Setaro, MSc Agriculture and Development graduate

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.

I found it fascinating to be challenged in a unique environment, and I believe I have progressed well since leaving Reading because of my new soft skills and improved technical knowledge.
Emma Joynson-Hicks, MSc Agriculture and Development graduate


Together with your peers, you'll be 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

Campus life

You will have the opportunity to make friends and interact with students across a varied range of degree subjects. You’ll be encouraged to participate in everything the University has to offer, including clubs and societies, sitting on School committees, working as a student ambassador on Open Days, or making use of the extensive sports facilities on campus.


Our courses

We offer six postgraduate programmes, covering a diverse range of topics in international development.

Why study with us?

Gain specialist skills for your future career, and benefit from our extensive research and teaching facilities.

How you'll study

Develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical study and practical experience. You'll learn in an interdisciplinary environment that prepares you for the challenges faced by global communities and businesses.