Course Description

MSc Sustainable Development, Agri-Food and Co-operatives

Our MSc in Sustainable Development, Agri-Food and Co-operatives is offered by the Cork University Business School (CUBS) at University College Cork. Our focus is on a deeper understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development, and the agri-food systems.

Our MSc programme is the only course of its kind in Ireland that fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. The programme was recently recognised by The Education Awards 2023 where we were shortlisted for the ‘Best Masters Programme’ in Ireland.

This is a unique course, with a very strong practical emphasis and will equip participants with the organisational and management skills needed to make innovative contributions to the development of local economies, with particular emphasis on co-operatives, 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 practice leading to positions in the food sector (ranging from local food enterprises to large multi-nationals), local and international rural development, shared and collaborative economy, NGOs, innovative community businesses including co-operatives and social enterprises, local and regional enterprise development, corporate social responsibility, policy formulation and analysis.

The MSc Sustainable Development, Agri-Food and Co-operatives is delivered over 12 months and includes a placement opportunity.

Part I (60 credits)

Core Modules (55 credits)

  • FE6303 Sustainable Rural Development (10 credits)
  • FE6304 Co-operative and Collaborative Responses (10 credits)
  • FE6305 Contemporary Socio-Economic and Environmental Issues (5 credits)
  • FE6306 Marketing and Communications for Sustainable Food Production and Consumption (5 credits)
  • FE6507 Economics of Agri-Food Markets and Value Chain Analysis (5 credits)
  • FE6512 Sustainable Food Systems (5 credits)
  • FE6515 The Sharing Economy (5 credits)
  • FE6902 Global Food Policy Issues (5 credits)
  • MG6315 Project Management (5 credits)

Electives (choose 5 credits)

  • FE6506 Food Branding and Digital Media Marketing (5 credits)
  • AG3002 Soil Science and Soil/Land Management (5 Credits)
  • NE3003 Sustainable Energy (5 Credits)

Part II (30 Credits)

  • FE6308 Practice-Based Research Project (30 credits): Students complete a practice-based research project in collaboration with a relevant partner organisation.
CollegeCork University Business School (CUBS), UCC
Course LocationCork
Course CategoryBusiness Management, Business
Awarding BodyIMCA
Awarding Body DetailsMSc
Course Start Date9th September 2024
Course End Date31st August 2025
Course Duration12 Months
Course Fee10,640
Entry RequirementsA minimum Second Class Honours in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, in a wide range of disciplines. Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be given to applicants who do not hold a second class honours degree but who have sufficient relevant experience, subject to approval by the Cork University Business School (CUBS).
Carear PathThis is the only one-year Masters of its kind which fully integrates cooperative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It is especially practical, both in work placements and in the skills you learn. It will prepare you to work in organisations that deal with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities. We were delighted to be recently shortlisted for The Education Awards 2023 'Best Masters Programme' category. Placement or Study Abroad Information Participants can complete their Practice-Based Research Project either in Ireland or abroad, depending on their interests. Skills and Careers Information Graduates of this programme can expect to work in a variety of areas: our graduates are employed in co-operatives and other third sector organisations (e.g. social enterprises, voluntary organisations, charities); international, non-governmental (NGOs) and business development organisations; Rural development policy and support; consultancy (in agri-food, rural development, third sector); local economic development/enterprise development staff through local authorities and consultancies; local food marketing and branding; corporate social responsibility roles in food and other industries such as local development agencies (e.g. LEADER).
Course CodeMSCSAC
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