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University College Dublin MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation
University College Dublin

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation

Dublin, Ireland

1 Years

English

Full time

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EUR 9,690 / per year *

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* EU fee per year - € 9690; non-EU fee per year - € 27720

Introduction

The MSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme based in UCD and is focused on meeting the needs of those who are interested in developing careers in advisory, consultancy or education services in the public, private or non-governmental sector.

This MSc will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to understand more about the processes of learning that underpin change and development and to be effective in building the capacity of farmers to adopt new practices and technologies.

A two-year part-time distance learning taught Master's option is also available for those working in the agri-food sector.

Students will develop competencies in: analysis of the context of agricultural change; design and development of appropriate advisory strategies to support agricultural development; how to support adult learning and behaviour change and research and analytical skills to identify and support worthwhile innovations.

The programme emphasises and values group work, problem-solving and creative thinking and encourages students to be active, self-directed and reflective learners. Assignments are based on real-life case studies that are complex and unpredictable, reflecting the norms of practice in advisory and education services.

Vision and Values Statement

The Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation (available both part and full-time) aims to build competencies in agricultural advisory and educational services and systems that can support and enable learning and behaviour change at the farm level, so that farm households can innovate and build sustainable livelihoods in a context of changing agricultural policy and market forces. The programme prepares Agricultural Science graduates for future roles in advisory services, technical consultancy and education delivery as well as providing opportunities for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for agricultural science and other graduates who are already working in areas of knowledge transfer with farmers. The programme equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver appropriate agricultural advisory and educational programmes that serve the needs of farmers and farm families who are their clients. The programme emphasises and values group work, problem-solving and creative thinking and encourages students to be active, self-directed and reflective learners. Assignments are based on real-life case studies that are complex and unpredictable, reflecting the norms of practice in advisory and education services.

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