Postgraduate study

Our activities bring together cutting-edge research and policy engagement with a commitment to excellence in postgraduate study.

Postgraduate researchers play a valued role in our intellectual and research culture and we provide a lively postgraduate research environment.

Students are welcomed into activities such as our monthly reading group and the 'casual seminar series', which provides a friendly and open forum for students to try out their presentation skills and get feedback on their developing research. There are also opportunities for postgraduates to join CRE staff on contract research projects and be involved in the writing of CRE publications.

Use the menu on the left to explore the taught and research-based postgraduate degree programmes available with CRE. If you are interested in taking a Masters and then continuing to a PhD you should look at the MSc in Food and Rural Development Research.

Take a look at our current postgraduate researchers.



Full funding for social science PhD study (including masters research training if appropriate) is available. The deadline for applications is 1st February 2016. If you are interested in pursuing a social science PhD within the broad themes of rural development, food and agriculture in any geographical context then please contact Karen Scott

We would be particularly interested in speaking to candidates with interests and ideas in the following:

Rural business and innovation
Social justice and wellbeing in rural areas
Rural planning and housing
Fishing communities and policy
Food security
Migration/rural labour markets
Crisis, resilience and rural change
Rural policy development and transfer
Protected areas management
Ecosystems service valuation 
Sustainable retailing
Sustainable consumption