This course critically examines the role of agriculture (including horticulture) and agricultural research in addressing the major challenges and opportunities related to agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the developing world.
This course critically examines the role of agriculture (including horticulture) and agricultural research in addressing the major challenges and opportunities related to agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the developing world. A flexible course is offered, including a horticulture pathway. The course explains the roles of agriculture and horticulture in development and the different biophysical, economic and social environments in which they are practised.
Recent research developments and innovative practices in response to challenges such as poverty, climate change and environmental sustainability are elaborated upon and supported by field visits. The factors that influence and enhance the relevance, quality and impact of research and farmer innovation processes are described.
Graduates are well suited to working along the research to-development continuum – whether in research, extension or development, within international and national institutions.
See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/agriculture-pg/msc-agriculture-and-development.aspx
• Perspectives on Development
• Agriculture in the Tropics
• Experimental Agriculture or Experimental Horticulture
• Rethinking Agricultural Development
• Research and Study Skills for Independent Study.
The course requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study and students are expected to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing their knowledge and understanding of the field of study. In following this course students will enhance their professional capability in working effectively in their chosen field of expertise along the research-to-development continuum. Students will learn to work independently, under time pressures, and will learn to set priorities and manage their time in order to meet strict deadlines. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills relating to communication (both oral and written), presentations, information handling, data analysis and interpretation, problem solving, teamwork, and the use of information technology.
What career can you have?
Our master's courses are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, marketing within the food chain and policy. We provide dedicated employability support through career workshops and have developed a personal and professional development module for international students. Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provide many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and a research dissertation provide opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. Our graduates find employment within government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, the media, academia and commercial companies. Some use a master's course to transition into a new career as independent consultants or as a study break from employment. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae
An intermediate knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative methods, but strong applicants with little or no prior training in economics may be admitted provided they attend a pre-sessional course. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.