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Our MSc by Research Agriculture, Ecology and Environment programme will prepare you for a research career in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors – or for subsequent doctoral studies.

You'll learn from experts in the field, helping you to develop your career as a researcher and gain the skills required to tackle the key challenges facing global agricultural systems.

You will also have the opportunity to visit, and learn from, key research organisations in the sector.


Research excellence

Our research is driven by key global challenges and aligns closely with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is ranked 11th in the world for Agriculture and Forestry research (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022).
  • 95% of our research in this subject area is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences).
  • 80% of our research in this subject area was rated as internationally excellent (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences).

Outstanding facilities

We provide a range of specialist facilities in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, from arable and dairy farms to analytical laboratories. These facilities are widely used in our research, and to enhance our teaching and learning.

Find out more about our extensive facilities

Interdisciplinary study

At the Graduate Institute for International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE), we cover natural and social sciences related to agriculture and the rural environment, the food chain, applied economics and marketing, climate change and international development.

Our programmes are designed around this interdisciplinary environment, which allows us to reflect the real-life complexity of challenges that global communities and businesses face when aspiring to a sustainable future.

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.

Tackle global challenges

We live in an interconnected world where food, human rights, environmental change, economic development, and social development are increasingly complicated.

Our programmes are designed to equip you with the relevant analytical and practice-based skills to help combat global challenges such as:

  • the pressure placed on finite natural resources from human and environmental change
  • the complex nature of poverty
  • influencing consumer behaviour
  • the challenges of sustainable economic development and finance.


You'll benefit from internationally recognised teaching and research expertise within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, empowering you to find solutions to these challenges and assist in the move towards an equitable, sustainable future.


We are keen to make our postgraduate programmes accessible to all, so offer a diverse range of scholarships to help fund your studies. Some scholarships are country specific, while others are subject related.

Learn more about GIIDAE Scholarships

Our master's by research

Prepare for a research career in agriculture and agri-environment sectors, or for subsequent doctoral studies, with our MSc by Research in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment.

How you'll study

Develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical study and practical experience. You'll have the opportunity to conduct an extensive independent research project and participate in a field trip to key organisations in the sector.

Life in the Department

Join a diverse, supportive community in the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics.