The course has a highly applied focus, designed to develop the knowledge and skills which will be directly relevant to employment in careers with the police, public services or third sector organisations.
Alongside modules that examine specialist academic themes, students also undertake an individual or group project with a host organisation, exploring the application of research evidence to effective professional practice.
The course benefits from strong staff and student links with a wide range of bodies which offer opportunities for collaboration including: Gloucestershire Constabulary; the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire; Restorative Gloucestershire; charities providing support and training around domestic violence, homicide, stalking and sexual offences; and community organisations active in crime prevention and reduction initiatives.
"I chose the University of Gloucestershire after undertaking internet research on universities that offered distance learning courses. The University of Gloucestershire and its Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) seemed the most attractive as it offered a very precise and concise explanation of the distance-learning European Rural Development course and its learning outcomes. I had read the description of courses and modules and I had decided that the course in European Rural Development was a logical continuation of my educational path.
One of the main attractions of the University of Gloucestershire is that they give an equal opportunity to students from different countries and educational backgrounds to learn and obtain a degree recognised at EU level. In terms of the local area, it’s ideal for students who don't like the stressed and chaotic lifestyle of living in a big city. The idyllic and peaceful countryside around Cheltenham is very appealing, together with the modern university campus facilities.
The high point of my time at the university was the relationship between the teaching staff and students – teaching staff were very supportive and helpful in all situations and throughout the learning process. The opportunity to access library journals and e-books through WebCT was indispensable and an incredibly practical tool for learning. The opportunity to study with students from different countries, different educational and workplace backgrounds made for an extraordinary learning experience, resulting in diversified knowledge on a wide range of issues.
What I’ve gained from the course is, first and foremost, confidence in myself, then the practical knowledge of, for example, how to conduct a piece of research, how to analyse development policies, project management and European rural diversity. This is very useful in my role as a Researcher/Analyst, where I conduct policy research activities (in the field of corruption, conflict of interest and human trafficking), manage data collection, write policy briefs and reports and prepare project proposals. I co-ordinate project activities with national and international partner organisations and communicate with donor institutions.
My advice to students thinking about coming to the university, is to ensure that the course chosen corresponds to your personal needs, to your educational background and professional interests."
MSc European Rural Development
You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience. EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.
Recipient: University of Gloucestershire
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