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  GradCert Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

University College Dublin    UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Part time September PGCert Part-time: 1 year
Agriculture (1) Architecture, Building & Planning (3)

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Are you passionate about sustainable agriculture and rural development? Look no further than the GradCert Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development programme at UCD! This exciting programme responds to the new agenda for agriculture and rural area development, focusing on core values such as safe and ethically produced food, a healthier environment, and sustainable energy. With a strong emphasis on leadership and advocacy, this programme equips graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to make a real impact in local, national, and international development settings. Whether you come from a humanities, sciences, or business background, this programme welcomes applicants from various disciplines. Exceptions can be made for those with relevant professional or voluntary experience. Join us and become a future leader in sustainable agriculture and rural development!

About the course

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

This Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) programme at UCD responds to contemporary and future transformations in agriculture and rural development. The programme takes a place-based approach to rural change and rural futures, and addresses how agriculture can contribute to sustainable development. It examines how farming and rural areas are changing, and how communities and government can address future challenges and opportunities. These issues are relevant in Ireland and internationally, in the Global South and Global North.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a second class honours degree, or international equivalent.

Applications are welcome from people from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including humanities, sciences and business who are interested in pursuing careers in the broad arena of rural and community development.

Exceptions may be made for applicants who do not hold the minimum educational requirement if they can demonstrate substantial relevant professional or voluntary experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

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Student Profile

Mary Maina

I was working as a fertilizer market analyst at International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Nairobi, Kenya and felt the MSc Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development at UCD offered me an opportunity to acquire the skills needed to assist farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to address the challenges facing them in sustainably achieving food security.

The MSc offers a unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to develop their social skills, to understand sustainability along the agricultural value chain and the immense potential of rural areas beyond agricultural production. The programme is well delivered by experienced lecturers with up-to-date reading materials and well-planned field visits.

My career objective is to support small farmers to sustainably achieve food security, improve their livelihoods and learn how to manage with unexpected events.

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