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Agricultural Professional Practice MSc

Agricultural Professional Practice MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Agriculture (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

There is an increasing need for specialists within agriculture who have an understanding of both the business and technical aspects of the industry. This postgraduate course is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a career within the land based industries in a professional capacity. This could include consultants, agronomists, animal nutritionists, farm managers/ owners and those working for government departments on technical and regulatory issues.

There is currently a high demand for well trained and suitably qualified personnel within the agricultural industry, and a need for specialists who not only have an understanding of their sector, but have the skills to interact professionally with their clients. A core group of modules will focus on topics such as professional leadership and management, food and agricultural policy, business planning, project management. In order to develop the student’s own area of expertise there are a number of elective modules in business, crop or livestock production. Many positions require professional qualifications so there is the potential within the course to study FACTS, BASIS or AMTRA (additional fee and assessment will be required for these qualifications). In addition, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) considers this course as suitable evidence of CPD for those wishing to pursue ‘Professional Agriculturalist’ status.

The course is offered on a part-time distance learning basis to make it accessible to those in employment or with family commitments to be able to participate. Applicants may come from a wide range of backgrounds including farmers, growers, vets and other agricultural and food sector workers who wish to develop their career and businesses in the land-based sector.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

3 years

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module will develop key skills required for professional practice in Agriculture eg. communication skills, facilitating meetings, networking, customer relations, presentation skills and dealing with the media. It will also focus on professionalism, leadership and management skills and will include the setting of personal goals for career progression and identifying relevant CPD opportunities. Participants will be encouraged to identify and display appropriate attitudes, behaviors and values for their own situation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £2,940 and £2000 (MSc project) for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £5100 and £2000 (MSc project) for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A degree in a science or technology relevant to the sector and/or assessment of candidate’s ability to benefit from the course. No absolute academic prerequisites - work experience is considered.