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The MSc in Agricultural Economics is a twelve month course in applied economics focussing on some of the most pressing challenges to the modern world. With an ever-increasing world population, and growing pressure on the world's finite resources, the analytical skills of agricultural economists are as relevant as ever. The course is designed to provide a rigorous, stimulating and enjoyable training in applied economics and quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Compulsory modules provide the essential basis for working as an applied economist a wide array of optional modules, and the dissertation, allow students to tailor their programmes to best suit their own interests, focussing for example on land use and the environment, the food chain, or international trade, in a developed or developing country context. Students can acquire the research skills they will need to embark upon the PhD programme. Career Prospects The broad scope of the MSc course provides a suitable basis to enter posts in industry, government and non-governmental organisations. After some years of work experience, graduates might be developing economic strategy in a government department, or working as a policy analyst in an NGO, a buyer for a food retailer or as an economist in agribusiness. Programme Structure The course starts at the beginning of the Autumn Term, with the taught component extending over two ten-week terms. The remainder of the course, from June until September, is devoted to completion of a 10 ? 12,000 word dissertation, for submission in early September. Most of the core modules are taught in the first (Autumn) term, and most optional modules in the second (Spring) term. The MSc is one of three MScs in applied economics that share core modules (the others being Agricultural Development Economics, Food Economics and Marketing, and MSc Research Agricultural and Food Economics), and in other modules (typically taught in small groups) you will often be studying with students from other MScMA programmes in the Graduate Institute. This results in an exciting mix of professional backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, enhancing the learning environment and leading to lifetime friendships. Students take 90 credits in compulsory modules ? Market and Trade Analysis ? Consumer and Producer Theory ? Qualitative Research Methods ? Econometrics ? Economics of International Food Markets ? Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning ? Policy Analysis ? Resource and Environmental Economics ? Appraisal of Agricultural & Rural Development Projects A further 30 credits are selected from a wide range of modules. Transferable Skills 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.

The MSc in Agricultural Economics is a twelve month course in applied economics focussing on some of the most pressing challenges to the modern world. With an ever-increasing world population, and growing pressure on the world's finite resources, the analytical skills of agricultural economists are as relevant as ever. The course is designed to provide a rigorous, stimulating and enjoyable...

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