This course prepares students for doctoral studies in agricultural and food economics and marketing.
It provides rigorous training in research methods to prepare you for research careers in academia or in non-academic organisations. The course offers training in the skills of applied economics and marketing – including quantitative and qualitative research techniques. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills to a diverse range of contemporary farm, food and rural issues in both developed and developing country contexts.
• Quantitative Methods • Qualitative Research Methods • Consumer and Producer Theory • Econometrics • Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning.
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 also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills relating to communication, information handling, problem solving, and the use of information technology. 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 acquire the necessary generic and subject-specific skills to successfully pursue a Higher Degree course.
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
'I chose the University of Reading because it is one of the most reputed institutions where to study agricultural economics and marketing. Although, my MSc research course was only one year in length, it gave me a comprehensive introduction to the complex ideas and concepts in the agricultural economics, marketing and econometrics analysis which has been essential to the PhD course I now do. At times I felt a little out of my depth in the first term because it was all completely new to me, but by the end of the course I had won a scholarship to do a PhD.
My time at Reading University was both enjoyable and harder work than I could ever have imagined, but the staff helped me to accomplish a degree that I am very proud of. Aside from the department, the University and city were a great place to be a student, with a friendly campus and always plenty going on. I am motivated every day because I believe in what I do and the future of my work in the educational institutions.
My degree course gave me the knowledge, confidence and motivation to continue on to do a PhD in Reading University. It developed my analytical skills and experience perfectly for the next degree and for my career as a lecturer in agricultural economics, Damascus University. I decided to stay on and do a PhD within the Econometrics in the department and will have a great time doing so.'
'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'
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. An intermediate knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative methods is preferred, but strong applicants with little or no prior training in economics may be admitted provided they attend a pre-sessional course.
Recipient: University of Reading
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