Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

MSc programme on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

The MSc Programme in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development 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. This programme is designed and delivered in a way that builds capabilities in core analytical, conceptual, communications and research skills, as well as providing the knowledge base required to develop careers in the broad area of sustainable agriculture and rural development. Graduates of this programme typically find employment in government, agricultural and rural development agencies, local development agencies, NGOs involved in rural development, as well as donor agencies and international development organisations. The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Programme is aimed at people from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds (including humanities, sciences, business) who are interested in pursuing careers in the broad arena of rural, community or overseas development, or in related public services or the consultancy sector. Such roles include development managers, advisors, consultants, public servants, researchers.


Compulsory modules

Elective modules


The MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, offering a flexible approach by which students can equip themselves with the requisite skills and knowledge base to develop careers in the broad arena of sustainable agriculture and rural development. The goal of our programme is to prepare graduates for roles of leadership, advocacy and influence in local, national and overseas development settings. This is achieved by strengthening their capabilities in the relevant analytical, communications and entrepreneurship skills, underpinned by the provision of an enhanced understanding of the theory, policy and practice of rural development. The learning environment fosters individual and group-based activities, which develop students’ skills of inquiry, critical thinking, self-directed and collaborative learning. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including group project work, student presentations, individual assignments, field trips and case study work.

For applicants

  • The Masters in Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications such as Agricultural Science, Life Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Business, Law and Engineering Degree Programmes.
  • Applicants must hold minimum of a lower Second class Honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a relevant area from a recognised higher education institution.
    Exceptions may be made for applicants who do not hold the minimum educational requirement if they can demonstrate substantial relevant professional or voluntary experience as detailed on a CV
  •  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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