This MSc by Research in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment provides an integrated understanding of ecology and environmental science with social and economic considerations in agricultural systems.
Learn from researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide, as you develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems.
You will gain experience in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science, as well as plan, manage and conduct an in-depth field and/or lab-based independent research project. Class sizes vary by subject and module, but emphasis is always placed on good contact time with lecturers. Learning occurs across a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips.
You will participate in a one-week field trip visiting a range of different organisations in the sector, giving you a broad exposure to future potential employers and potential job roles. We also hope to be able to offer placements at a variety of locally situated organisations for students to be able to conduct their research projects.
You will have access to the University’s Crops Research Unit at Sonning Farm, which has facilities to support field plot experiments on all temperate arable and forage crops within a dedicated 12 ha, irrigable field site and supporting laboratory and teaching facilities.
Access is also granted to the University’s Crop and Environment Laboratory (CEL), comprising of 2500 m2 of heated glasshouses, with climate controlled and factorial houses, controlled environment growth cabinets, and a protected field plot experimental area.
You will have access to the University’s internet, printing and scanning facilities, and a full range of statistical and econometric software. Excellent opportunities exist for research, networking and personal development within each programme, as well as access to first-class study resources and employability support.
On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period, however this is not a requirement of the degree.
For information on the scholarships, modules, bursaries and other sources of funding available to you, visit the GIIDAE website
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in a subject relevant to agriculture, ecology, geography or environmental sciences.
What will you study?
Research methods in agriculture, ecology and environment
Research project in agriculture, ecology and environment
Issues in agricultural systems
Optional modules include:
Principles of integrated pest management
Climate change and food systems
Qualitative research methods
Agriculture in the tropics
Water, agriculture and irrigation
Carbon and global change
Laboratory analysis of soils and pollutants
Invertebrate Survey and Assessment
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £11,300 per year
New international students: £22,400 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2021. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
International students applying to study this degree may also be eligible to apply for a Chevening Scholarship.
What career can you have?
Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in practice, research and policy in the areas of international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain.
Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and research dissertations are opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to work for, please visit the GIIDAE website.