MSc in Agri-Food and Sustainable Development Co-op

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 18,130 € / year

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This course is the only one-year master of its kind that fully integrates cooperative approaches in the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It’s especially practical, both in practice and in the skills you learn. It will prepare you to work in organizations dealing with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges, including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities.

Program description

This Master’s course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of cooperatives, sustainable development, and the agri-food system. This is a unique course, with a very strong practical emphasis and will equip participants with the organizational and managerial skills necessary to make innovative contributions to the development of local economies, with particular emphasis on cooperatives, social enterprises and food businesses in Ireland. and overseas. It is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines who wish to pursue careers in sustainable development and innovative practices leading to positions in the food sector (ranging from local food companies to large multinationals), local and international rural development, shared and collaborative economy , NGOs, innovative community enterprises, including cooperatives and social enterprises.

The Master in Cooperatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is taught for 12 months and includes a job placement opportunity.

Career options

Graduates can expect to work in cooperatives and other tertiary sector organizations (eg, social enterprises, voluntary organizations, charities); international, non-governmental (NGO) and business development organizations; Policy and support for rural development (eg animation); consulting (in agri-food, rural development, third sector); local economic development / business development staff through local authorities and consultancies; local food marketing and branding; corporate social responsibility roles in food and other industries.

Program structure

Students earn 60 credits as follows:

  • Sustainable rural development (10 credits)
  • Cooperative and collaborative responses (10 credits)
  • Contemporary socio-economic and environmental problems (5 credits)
  • Marketing and communications for sustainable food production and consumption (5 credits)
  • Branding food and digital media marketing (5 credits)
  • Economics of agri-food markets and value chain analysis (5 credits)
  • Sustainable Food Systems (5 credits)
  • The sharing economy (5 credits)
  • World food policy problems (5 credits)
  • Project management (5 credits)

Students earn 30 credits as follows:

  • Research project based on practice (30 credits)

Admission requirements

  • An Honors Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent, in a wide range of disciplines.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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