Agricultural Economics MSc

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Agricultural Economics MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      1 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 7,545 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 16,045

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Reading’s MSc in Agricultural Economics focuses on promoting agricultural development in order to simultaneously keep pace with the growing nutritional demands of the world population and remain sensitive to efforts to shepherd the Earth’s fragile resources. It aims to give graduates the scientific background and enhanced analytical abilities they will need to respond to these dual challenges.

    Students will learn about economics, qualitative research techniques and quantitative research techniques in an applied agricultural context. They’ll understand the deceptively complex dynamic between dwindling resources and an ever-growing population.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This is a 1 year program for most students, but can be taken on a part time basis over 2 years.

    The core curriculum of the University of Reading’s Agricultural Economics MSc includes:

    • Resource and Environmental Economics (twenty credits)
    • Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning (ten credits)
    • Policy Analysis (ten credits)
    • Market and Trade Analysis (ten credits)
    • Econometrics (twenty credits)
    • Consumer and Producer Theory (ten credits)
    • Dissertation (sixty credits)

    In addition, they will be able to specialise in a developmental pathway by choosing 30 credits worth of highly specialised modules from the following list (subject to change):

    • Re-thinking Agricultural Development (including Horticulture): Implementing Solutions (twenty credits)
    • Microeconomics for Developing Countries (twenty credits)
    • Macroeconomics for Developing Countries (ten credits)
    • Food Security and Development (twenty credits)
    • Appraisal of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects (ten credits)
    • Agriculture in the Tropics (ten credits)
    • Agricultural Project Planning and Management in Developing Countries (twenty credits)

    Lastly, there are a range of general elective modules available in this program. If a pathway is selected as above, students must take a single module worth 10 credits form the list. Otherwise, they must select 40 credits worth of these modules:

    • Rural Diversification
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Marketing Research Methods
    • Macroeconomics for Developing Countries (ten or twenty credits)
    • Food Security and Development
    • Consumer Policy
    • Consumer Behaviour & Food Marketing
    • Appraisal of Agricultural & Rural Development Projects
    • Agriculture in the Tropics
    • Agricultural Project Planning and Management in Developing Countries
    • Advertising and Branding
    • Advanced Marketing

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Reading’s learning and teaching methods incorporate both student and professional feedback constantly, and the program’s structure is frequently adapted to provide a both better learning experience and more employability for its graduates.

    Career Possibilities

    This program prepares students for a career in Food Chain Policy and Marketing, Agricultural Economics or International and Rural Development, as well as giving them research and professional skills they can put to work in a wide range of sectors and industries.

    Entry & Credit

    Entry Requirements for Uk and EU-Nationals:

    Applicants for the University of Reading’s Agricultural economics programs must have earned a first or second class undergraduate honours degree (or the non-UK equivalent). A background in microeconomics is preferred, but this can be supplied with a pre-session course.

    Entry Requiremnets for overseas (Non EU) students:

    You must have equivalent academic achievements to those required for UK and EU students. The different qualifications accepted by the University of Reading can be found here.

    In addition you must be able to show that you are fluent in written and spoken English. An IELTS level of no less than 6.5 overall and no individual section at less than 5.5, but other proofs are accepted. For more details, see here.

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