Agriculture and Rural Development (MA)
The MA Agriculture and Rural Development offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between agriculture and rural development. As these topics have moved back to the top of the international development agenda, the Masters provides first-class training on how agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and rural development in low income countries.
This Masters is unique for its focus on the dynamic interactions between local livelihoods in rural areas and agriculture understood as a globalised industry. It advances an interdisciplinary perspective on the linkages between global, national and local-level processes shaping agriculture and rural development by integrating knowledge from the social sciences, economics and natural resource studies. The course combines the delivery of theoretical knowledge with empirical insights and case studies grounded in the teaching team’s hands-on experience with agriculture and rural development in a large variety of low income countries.
The Masters provides an overview of agriculture, rural livelihoods and rural policy and politics to strengthen students’ analytical skills and to transfer key professional skills of relevance to work on rural development and agriculture. Lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignment will cover the policies and practices of the major international institutions in rural development, including the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation and United Nations Development Programme, just as much as of civil society organisations, such as La Via Campesina and Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement.
The MA Agriculture and Rural Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
The majority of the School’s research was rated as ‘internationally outstanding or high quality’ by the government in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). The School was placed in the top three departments in the country for research on international development.