Food and Rural Development Research MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is recognised by the ESRC as a Research Training masters and provides research training in the social sciences and develops skills that are specifically related to conducting research into rural areas, the environment and food markets.

Studying on the programme you will:

  • learn the fundamentals of research practice
  • gain an understanding of research principles, data handling and analysis
  • specialise and develop skills in areas of particular interest
  • identify your own research topic concluding in a dissertation

The Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University is an active University Research Centre and we encourage our students to participate fully in the research culture (e.g. by organising and attending seminars and reading groups and contributing to research meetings).


You take compulsory modules and optional modules, and complete a dissertation, which could be a desk-based analysis, or a study involving fieldwork or case studies.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a natural or social science, such as human geography, politics or sociology. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if they have relevant experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Office
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Agriculture.