International Rural Development
This course meets the needs of recent graduates, those already working in rural development who wishes to further their career prospects, and those seeking a career change.
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Rural communities face a plethora of challenges; increasing population, pressure for development, the depletion of natural resources, and the impacts of peak oil production and climate change. They must therefore develop their management of natural resources and land to meet the challenges of sustainability, whilst also increasing food production. Any such development must meet the triple perspectives of economic viability, social acceptability and preservation of environmental quality.
We are confident that this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to significantly contribute to rural community development.
You will be encouraged to explore factors influencing sustainability, while at the same time reflecting on your own actions and attitudes and those of others.
The following themes underpin the course:
- Human exploitation of the Earth's resources and the global implications of human development
- The ecological basis for sustainable natural resource utilisation, including agriculture
- The role and function of local, national and global institutions, policies and conventions in relation to development, resource exploitation, social, cultural, ethical and inter-generation considerations
- The application of development paradigms, models and tools to build capacity within communities, institutions and individuals
The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.
You will study five core modules and three elective modules, followed by the Research Project on a topic related to one of the key themes of the course. The Research Project is introduced in January to be carried out over the summer and submitted at the end of September. It will be presented as a review of the topic and as a research paper.
In addition to lectures, you will participate in case studies, seminars and management projects. This approach fosters teamwork and complements individual study and student learning.
You will gain a broader understanding of relevant issues through knowledge acquisition, intellectual enquiry, debate, and team/individual research. The course will provide a learning environment that encourages you to explore factors influencing sustainability while at the same time reflecting on your own actions and attitudes, and those of others. Furthermore, several team projects are developed throughout the course, which include: production of a magazine or podcast and organisation of a national conference.
There are two entry points to the programme, either in September or in January.
Students will study four modules in the autumn term followed by four modules in the spring term, and complete their Research Project by the end of September.
Students will study four modules in the spring term, complete their Research Project by the end of September, and study four modules in the autumn term.
Modules will be taught in 10 week blocks.
- Development Project Management
- Poverty and Food Security
- Agricultural and Rural Policy
- Economics of the Environment
- Natural Resource Appraisal
- Research Project
Plus choice of THREE elective modules selected from:
- Climate Change and Development
- Natural Resource Management
- Sustainable Rural Tourism
- Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
- Integrated Agricultural Systems
- Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
- Organic Agricultural Systems
An Honours degree at upper second level.
Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview with the course manager.
IELTS: For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5.
Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions).
UK and EU students
September 2015 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,500 per year
January 2016 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,500 per year
September 2015 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,000 per year
January 2016 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,000 per year
UK and EU students
September 2016 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,660 per year
January 2017 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,660 per year
September 2016 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,270 per year
January 2017 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,270 per year
UK and EU students
September 2017 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,820 per year
January 2018 Entry - Full-time fees - £6,820 per year
September 2017 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,550 per year
January 2018 Entry - Full-time fees - £11,550 per year
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
MSc International Rural Development graduates have entered careers in:
- Research and consultancy
- Policy formulation
- Project management
- International organisations
- Government departments
- National agencies
- Research institutions
- Commercial companies worldwide
Applications to study for postgraduate degrees need to be made directly through the University.
You can now apply via our website, using the online application form.
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