The MSc course allows honours graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development to specialise, through research, in their chosen area of interest. Every attempt is made to match your interests with an identified research need, enabling you to make a social contribution as well as meeting the academic requirements. While you will specialise for MSc research, you are nevertheless able to draw on the wider knowledge of business and development gained from completing the Postgraduate Diploma.
Candidates can select a research topic from a wide range of areas within cooperative studies, rural and international development and food marketing. Scholarships are sometimes available depending on research interests.
The MSc usually involves primary research and the completion of a written thesis. You will be assigned a supervisor to give advice at every stage of the research process. Departmental progress reviews are carried out at regular intervals.
FE6100 Dissertation must be submitted on an approved topic within the fields of Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development. Students may be required to pass an examination on the subject matter of the dissertation (FE6100) if the examiners so decide.
Assessment is by means of a written thesis.
This course provides a thorough and stimulating grounding in research for those entering into a wide range of administrative, business and personnel appointments in the private, public and third sectors or for those wishing to pursue academic careers in this field.