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|Application deadline:||November 30|
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|Start date:||February 2014|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
The rural sectors of developing countries are often pivotal to wider processes of social and economic change. An understanding of the underlying driving forces of these processes, of their interactions with global and urban change, and of their consequences is critical for many working in development, government and business.
This programme provides an interdisciplinary awareness of social, economic and management issues in rural change together with conceptual, analytical and operational skills for understanding and working to influence the driving forces in these processes of change.
It gives students the opportunity to develop:
* a critical awareness of the social, economic and management issues underlying socioeconomic change
* conceptual and analytical skills relevant to the social and economic dimensions of agriculture and related industries
* a set of operational skills pertinent to working in the public, private or NGO domains
* the ability to engage with, and influence, rational debates concerning the optimal direction of rural sector change
* enhanced communication and presentation skills
* the ability to access the rural development literature and to pursue effective research
Career prospects for graduates
Students on this programme have a wide range of backgrounds and may include (but are not limited to) agronomists, engineers, veterinary personnel, economists, anthropologists, sociologists, educationalists, health professionals, community development workers, managers, and others.
Typically they will find work in:
* development projects, frequently focused on rural and particularly agricultural enterprises and on the households associated with these enterprises
* aid agencies and non-governmental organisations concerned with rural change
* programmes concerned with health, nutrition, communications and other rural development issues
* government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned with the rural sector
* consultancies related to a wide range of programmes and projects
For the MSc in Managing Rural Development students will take:
* 4 core modules
* 4 elective modules
* 2 research modules
* Economics and Institutions for Development (C116) [this module must be taken in the first year]
* Gender & Social Development (C140)
* Management in Rural Development (C231)
* Rural Development (C230)
* Agricultural Trade & Policy (C110)
* Understanding Poverty (C119)
* Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development (C123)
* Food Security and Social Protection (C125)
* Water Resource Management (C126)
* Rural Finance (C128)
* NGO Management (C132)
* Project Planning & Management (C134)
* Socioeconomics of Rural Livelihoods(C135)
* Marketing for Small Agribusinesses (C138)
* One module selected from another programme
* Research methods (R106)
* Dissertation (RR01)
Strengthening quantitative skills
It is recommended that students whose basic quantitative analysis skills are weak should also take a non-examined module: Quantitative methods (CF04) at or near the start of their studies. Study materials may be obtained from CeDEPs online learning environment. Printed material and tutorial support may be provided at cost.
* A good degree in an appropriate discipline acceptable to the University.
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||600|
|TOEFL internet-based test score:||100|
Many CeDEP students are sponsored by their employers. This can entail full or partial coverage of course costs or, in some instances, allowances for study leave. Other students have gained support from their governments or external aid agencies, but most frequently students use their own private resources.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
* United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
* Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
* European Union
* British Council
* UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
* Educational and other charitable trusts
Prospective students are advised to approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
There are only a small number of funding sources relative to the number of students looking for help. The level of competition for sponsorship and educational awards is generally extremely high, and students are encouraged to investigate funding possibilities early on. CeDEP suggests, however, that students do not delay in applying to CeDEP - in some instances a firm offer of a place can in fact be advantageous in a funding application.
Other possible sources of funding which you may be interested in exploring include:
* The Aga Khan Foundation which "provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies". ( * Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa for which candidates from Southern Africa may be eligible to apply (
Please note: CeDEP is unable to provide an exhaustive list of all available funding, nor can it assist prospective students in finding funding sources. We encourage prospective students to investigate for themselves.
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