Agricultural Economics

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
501–600 place StudyQA ranking:5514 Duration:24 months

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This programme provides you with the essential tools required for theoretical and
empirical economic analysis, particularly in relation to the renewable natural resources
sector. You are able to take modules orientated towards development, production,
marketing, and policy.

The programme will facilitate the development of:

* an extended knowledge of contemporary economic theory
* the skills to analyse problems concerning choice and resource allocation on national and international markets
* the ability to access and synthesise the relevant economic literature to undertake further research or study in the field of agricultural economics
* the skills to communicate the results of economic analysis to interested parties.

Graduates of this programme will typically find work as environmental economists in the following fields:

* government ministries undertaking work in agricultural policy analysis
* public and private sector companies involved in upstream and downstream agricultural industries
* international and non-governmental organisations concerned with the economic analysis of agricultural sector issues
* applied research and teaching in institutions of research and higher education.

Programme Structure

Core modules


* Economics and institutions for development (C116)


* Economic principles (C02) [the chosen module must be taken in the first year]
* Agricultural trade and policy (C110)
* Food security and social protection (C125)
* Political economy of public policy (C127)

Elective modules

* Applied econometrics (CO5)
* Climate change and development (C124)
* Marketing for small agribusinesses (C138)
* Natural resource economics (C105)
* Project planning and management (C134)
* Rural development (C130)
* Socioeconomics of rural livelihoods (C135)
* Understanding poverty (C119)

Water resources management (C126)
One module selected from another programme

Research modules (MSc only)

* Research methods (R106)
* Research report (RR01)

Short courses

Modules can also be taken as short courses for professional development or as a taster of the full degree, diploma or certificate programme. In 2009 the cost of taking a module is £925.

How you study

The study year commences in February and modules are examined in October. The study time required for each module is, on average, 7-8 hours per week over a period of 30 weeks (plus 4 weeks for revision). Some students may find that the study time required is longer than indicated, especially at the beginning, until they become more familiar with the subject matter and the mode of study.

Study materials

Once registered, you will be sent a comprehensive study package for each of your chosen modules. This includes:

* A detailed study guide. Composed of ten units, this incorporates exercises, assignments and other activities into the study text, which will take you through your programme of self-directed study. Most module study guides are now provided in electronic, CD-ROM format.
* An indicative study calendar. This will assist you in planning your study, as well as highlighting deadlines such as those for Tutor Marked Assignments.
* Books and other published materials. Generally textbooks, these are acquired on your behalf and should provide background as well as key extracts necessary for study of the module.
* Integrated volumes of key readings. These are drawn from a wide range of sources and are provided as required readings. Information is also supplied regarding sources of further reading as well as weblinks, for students to look into should they so wish.
* Supplementary study materials. These are included where appropriate, and include items
such as computer software.
* A student handbook. This booklet contains useful administrative information, as well as a CD with study tips and advice.

Library access

You will be issued with an Athens password to gain access to the University of London´s online library resources.

Study support

There are numerous opportunities for receiving support from tutors and CeDEP staff throughout the study year. Communication is increasingly carried out via email and the CeDEP's tailor-made Online Learning Environment (OLE).

It is now easier than ever for students to contact tutors and their peers electronically to gain help and support. Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries, promote discussion and offer feedback during the study year (February to October).

CeDEP tutors also provide a monthly update, to summarise activity on the OLE, answer any frequently asked questions and draw attention to topical events which relate to their module. These are posted on the OLE and also emailed to all students to ensure they reach those with poor internet connectivity.

An opportunity for specific tutorial feedback on students' understanding and interpretation of the subject matter is offered in the form of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). These are two substantial assignments which you can complete voluntarily for informal assessment. In the case of the research methods module (R106), assignments are assessed and make up the final module marks.

The Online Learning Environment (OLE)

The OLE provides you with the opportunity to extend your studies by discussing both academic and non-academic issues with tutors and fellow students through the Internet.

The OLE provides easy access to study resources, as well as to fast and efficient academic and administrative support. It also enables you to be part of a learning community in a way in which distance learners have seldom been accustomed in the past.

The OLE includes a number of learning support features:

* student-student and student-tutor interaction
* links to relevant resources
* course-specific discussion rooms where you can debate and find solutions to queries about your course
* assignment submission and tutor feedback area
* administrative and technical help areas
* electronic course documentation to download and print
* notice boards where you will be informed of any important events, deadlines and new resources
* student café where you can meet and talk to your fellow students socially
* point of contact with the Study Director.


Each individual course for the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma, with the exception of the research report, will be examined by a two-hour unseen written paper. The research report will be assessed by submission of a 10,000-word written report.

Examinations take place once a year in October. If you fail an examination at the first sitting you will be allowed one further attempt. Examinations are normally held in a student's country of residence. We have examinations centres in over 140 countries worldwide.

A good degree in an appropriate discipline acceptable to the University.Individual modulesApplicants may hold the qualifications specified above for entry to the MSc degree. Alternatively, if they do not hold such qualifications, the University may still consider the application but will require evidence of the student's ability to undertake an advanced course of study. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 90 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more. Technological Requirements Computing requirements Access to use of a computer is considered a requirement of studying with CeDEP*. The degree of access necessary can vary with the type of qualification being taken and the study modules involved. However, computer access for email communication with the CeDEP team, tutors and supervisors is essential. Those studying for an MSc must be able to spend sufficient study time using a computer if they are to effectively complete the research methods module. This module, R106, is compulsory and requires the use of computer-based statistical software. You should have access to a PC with the following capabilities: Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser such as Internet Explorer 6.0 or above CD drive (at a minimum, you will need to investigate the content and interactive elements of CD-based courseware) Access to email Software that can read Word and PDF files Sufficient capacity for downloading and use of any required software In some instances, a floppy disk drive Access to a printer is highly desirable as it will enable you to print hard copies of materials directly from the CD-based courseware.


Worldwide access

Whatever your location, you can gain a valued qualification from the University of London by studying with the University of London International Programmes, formerly the University of London External System.

There are over 54,000 students in every corner of the globe studying on more than 180 different courses.


You can fit your studies around your lifestyle. You can choose how to pace your studies and you can study independently by distance learning, or attend face-to-face classes at a local teaching institution.

Former students have won Nobel prizes, governed countries and written great works of literature. They also work in the legal professions, in education, in finance and banking and as business leaders and managers.

International reputation

You can achieve a prestigious qualification which will be valued globally and will open doors to sought-after careers and further study opportunities.

This reputation is based on the track record of the Colleges of the University of London, which have an international standing for their teaching and research. Your teaching and study materials draw on the expertise and cutting edge research of these Colleges.

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