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Agricultural and Food Economics - MRes

Course Description

This course will give you:
-Rigorous training in research methods for applied economics and marketing prepares students for doctoral studies
-Excellent preparation for research careers in academia or industry and policy research in governments or international organisations
-Application of techniques to a diverse range of farm, food and rural development issues in both developed and developing country contexts


Sample modules:
-Consumer and producer theory
-Quantitative methods
-Qualitative research methods
-Market research methods

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Our master's courses are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, marketing within the food chain and policy. We provide dedicated employability support through career workshops and have developed a personal and professional development module for international students. Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provide many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and a research dissertation provide opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. Our graduates find employment within government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, the media, academia and commercial companies. Some use a master's course to transition into a new career as independent consultants or as a study break from employment. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae

Visit the Agricultural and Food Economics - MRes page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Razan Majar

'I chose the University of Reading because it is one of the most reputed institutions where to study agricultural economics and marketing. Although, my MSc research course was only one year in length, it gave me a comprehensive introduction to the complex ideas and concepts in the agricultural economics, marketing and econometrics analysis which has been essential to the PhD course I now do. At times I felt a little out of my depth in the first term because it was all completely new to me, but by the end of the course I had won a scholarship to do a PhD.

My time at Reading University was both enjoyable and harder work than I could ever have imagined, but the staff helped me to accomplish a degree that I am very proud of. Aside from the department, the University and city were a great place to be a student, with a friendly campus and always plenty going on. I am motivated every day because I believe in what I do and the future of my work in the educational institutions.

My degree course gave me the knowledge, confidence and motivation to continue on to do a PhD in Reading University. It developed my analytical skills and experience perfectly for the next degree and for my career as a lecturer in agricultural economics, Damascus University. I decided to stay on and do a PhD within the Econometrics in the department and will have a great time doing so.'

(Student Profile)

Rosa Palli

'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'


Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). An intermediate knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative methods is preferred, but strong applicants with little or no prior training in economics may be admitted provided they attend a pre-sessional course.

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