Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

International Rural Development

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. 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require an Honours degree (minimum 2.1). Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview. For students whose 1st 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.

Course modules

Core modules: Development project management; poverty and food security; agricultural and rural policy; economics of the environment; natural resource appraisal; research project. Plus a choice of 3 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.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods used will include written examinations and coursework such as report writing, essay writing, critical literature review, oral and poster presentations, assessed group and individual seminars, and the submission of two research papers written to the submission requirements of a specified scientific journal.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,270 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 11,270 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,660 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Agricultural University Cirencester GL7 6JS South West

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions
Telephone number: 
01285 889912