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Agriculture for Sustainable Development, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Seize the opportunity to make a global difference.
  • Learn from the integration of natural, social and economic sciences.
  • A teaching and learning programme delivered by research active scientists.



This programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in agriculture and sustainable development in the private sector, research, NGO or government communities. It provides a firm grounding in research methods applicable to the study of sustainable agriculture and the intellectual tools for understanding sustainable agriculture systems. The courses combine theoretical approaches and empirically based learning from case studies of real projects and agricultural scenarios.

Many of NRI's academics are research active. Teaching will focus on case studies from NRI's corporate experience. You will look at how research into agricultural issues, both in the natural and social sciences, can be translated into knowledge and products that have real impact on increasing the effectiveness of agriculture in enhancing livelihoods for all stakeholders. The potential role of agricultural innovations, both in technology, including biotechnology, knowledge systems, extension services and institutional partnerships in promoting development are also a strong theme in courses.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To understand modern agricultural systems and the associated technologies of production together with their potential impacts on agriculture and livelihoods
  • To understand the social, institutional and economic context within which agriculture operates
  • To understand modern agriculture and its role in sustainable development.

As of the 2018/2019 session the courses offered on this programme will be revised and the programme title may change, but the content will still focus on sustainable agriculture.

What you'll study

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options

All courses are subject to student numbers

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree (at least 2.2 or above)

OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What people say

"My time at NRI was a great experience, for both personal and career development. One of my favourite things about the programme was the mixture of students from all over the world. I was able to learn from both my peers and lecturers, on topics ranging from Tanzanian biofuel projects to crop protection in Oman! My project supervisors were flexible and knowledgable, and provided great mentorship throughout the year. Each course included a wide variety of lecturers, pulling material from their individual areas of expertise and research programmes, which made for interesting and varied learning. 

Shortly after finishing my MSc, I was offered an Agricultural Scientist position in Canada working in the same area as my independent research project, which would not have been possible without a graduate degree. I am very happy I chose to study at NRI, and would 100% recommend the programme to those looking to advance their education and surround themselves with agricultural change-makers." 

MSc Agriculture for Sustainable student

Extra information


Assessment consists of a combination of: 

  • Assignments 
  • Essays 
  • Presentations
  • Reports 
  • Portfolios 
  • Formal examinations


This programme provides specialist expertise for those working or seeking to work in agricultural development or research, or pursuing an advanced agricultural or development qualification in the UK and overseas. Students graduate with a broad general knowledge of agricultural applications in sustainable development and also more focused in-depth knowledge.

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