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Course summary

Overview Gain an overview of agriculture, rural livelihoods, rural policy and politics. You’ll strengthen your analytical prowess and graduate with a set of widely transferable skills. This course focuses on agriculture, rural livelihoods and poverty alleviation, in the increasingly globalised context. You will take an interdisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local-level processes that shape agriculture and rural development. And you will integrate your knowledge by using a mix of social sciences, economics and natural resource studies. You’ll cover the policies and practices of the major international institutions in rural development – including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the United Nations Development Programme and La Via Campesina. You’ll also gain cutting-edge insights into the relationship between agriculture and rural development. With these topics back at the top of the international development agenda, you’ll graduate ready to take on a fulfilling career or further study in the area. About This Course This degree follows the same programme as its full-time equivalent but is spread over two years. On it, you will experience first-class training in how agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and rural development in low-income countries. This course combines theoretical knowledge with empirical insights and case studies, giving you a well-rounded view of the issues at hand. You’ll take advantage of the teaching team’s hands-on experience with agriculture and rural development in a large variety of low-income countries – giving you a unique and relevant perspective from the people who’ve been there. You’ll cover agriculture, rural livelihoods, and rural policy and politics, and will get to grips with the policies and practices of the major international institutions in rural development. You’ll even cover civil society organisations such as La Via Campesina, who fight for workers’ rights, and Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, a mass social movement formed by rural workers to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method


Entry requirements

Good social sciences degree, 2.1 or equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9650 Whole course
Scotland £9650 Whole course
Wales £9650 Whole course
International £19800 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

UEA offers a variety of scholarships for UK, EU and international students worth from 10 per cent of the value of tuition fees, through to full fees and maintenance being covered each year; these awards are based on academic merit.

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