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Our MSc Agricultural Economics course will help you to understand economic concepts and policies to promote world agricultural development

With an ever-increasing world population and growing pressure on the world's finite resources, the analytical skills of agricultural economists are as relevant as ever. This degree is designed to provide you with a rigorous, stimulating and enjoyable training in applied economics and quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

This master's course:

  • allows you to gain an appreciation of the complex dynamic between population growth and the world's finite resources.
  • develops your quantitative and qualitative research techniques.
  • equips you with the skills to work as a professional agricultural economist in industry, government and non-governmental organisations.

Students have the option to specialise in a development pathway that will provide them with the specific skills needed for working in agricultural development by selecting 30 credits from specific modules.

Programme specification

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact us.

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please visit our module descriptions page.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within GIIDAE, please see our brochure.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Resource and environmental economics
  • Policy analysis
  • Market and trade analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Consumer and producer theory

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit:

Visit the Agricultural Economics MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!