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

About the course

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

This Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) programme at UCD responds to the new agenda for agriculture and rural area development. It represents a return to core values in the development of rural areas which are rooted in agricultural change as well as responding to new societal demands such as safe and ethically produced food, a healthier environment and sustainable and affordable energy. These issues are relevant in both Ireland, industrialised countries and in the developing world.

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Entry Requirements

- Applicants must hold a minimum of a second class honours degree, or international equivalent, in a range of subject areas.

​- Applications are welcome from people from a 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 requirements 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 less than 6.0 in each element).

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Student Profile(s)

Kathleen Lonergan Erickson

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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