MAgrSc Agricultural Extension & Innovation

Online University College Dublin    UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Full time & Part time September MSc, Other Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Agriculture (1) Business & Management (5) Communication & Media Studies (7)

About the course

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The MSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme based in UCD and is focused on meeting the needs of those who are interested in developing careers in advisory, consultancy or education services in the public, private or non-governmental sector.

This MSc will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to understand more about the processes of learning that underpin change and development and to be effective in building the capacity of farmers to adopt new practices and technologies.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a range of academic qualifications including Agricultural Science, Life Science and Business Degree programmes from a recognised higher education institution.

Applications are welcome from people with work experience in government and non-governmental organisations that provide rural extension services in agriculture, environmental and community development.

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

Kathleen Lonergan Erickson

Graduated in 2019

I have had a long career as a journalist, an entrepreneur and a management consultant. I was looking to see what was next. I looked at all of my experience and asked myself what else did I need to learn. I looked for a long time and evaluated programmes across the world over a number of years.

When I discovered the Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science I knew this was the programme for me. So I left Indiana, USA and relocated to Ireland.

The MSc was an excellent experience and one I would highly recommend. Completing my degree in this programme allowed me essential upskilling in agriscience and in innovation. As I fortified my learning, I found it greatly amplified my previous experience while opening new pathways to understanding. Combined, the learning and the network of friends, colleagues, and professionals I gained enhanced my ability to innovate personally and professionally. In addition, it allowed me to become more effective in sharing and transferring knowledge to others around the globe.

I now work as an Entrepreneurial Specialist at the UCD Innovation Academy. Completing the MSc at UCD provided me with vital tools needed to pursue and secure this role.

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