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Masters in Agricultural Economics

About the course

This programme provides you with the essential tools required for theoretical and empirical economic analysis, particularly in relation to the renewable natural resources sector. You are able to take modules orientated towards development, production,
marketing, and policy.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Program Aims

The programme will facilitate the development of:

  • an extended knowledge of contemporary economic theory
  • the skills to analyse problems concerning choice and resource allocation on national and international markets
  • the ability to access and synthesise the relevant economic literature to undertake further research or study in the field of agricultural economics
  • the skills to communicate the results of economic analysis to interested parties.

Career Progression

Graduates of this programme will typically find work as environmental economists in the following fields:

  • government ministries undertaking work in agricultural policy analysis
  • public and private sector companies involved in upstream and downstream agricultural industries
  • international and non-governmental organisations concerned with the economic analysis of agricultural sector issues
  • applied research and teaching in institutions of research and higher education.

Structure and Syllabus

MSc: 10 modules (4 core, 4 elective plus 2 research)
Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 core plus 4 elective)
Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (at least 3 core plus up to one elective)

Core modules

Either Economics and institutions for development (C116)
or Economic principles (C02) [the chosen module must be taken in the first year]
Agricultural trade and policy (C110)
Food security and social protection (C125)
Political economy of public policy (C127)

Elective modules

Applied econometrics (CO5)
Climate change and development (C124)
Marketing for small agribusinesses (C138)
Natural resource economics (C105)
Project planning and management (C134)
Rural development (C230)
Socioeconomics of rural livelihoods (C135)
Understanding poverty (C119)
Water resources management (C126)
Rural finance (C128) [scheduled for 2012]
One module selected from another programme

Research modules (MSc only)

Research methods (R106)
Research report (RR01)

Short courses

Modules can also be taken as short courses for professional development or as a taster of the full degree, diploma or certificate programme. In 2011 the cost of taking a module is £960. To apply please fill in the short course application form available on the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (SOAS) website[external link].

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