About This Programme

Discover ways to make agriculture more resilient and sustainable in the face of evolving environmental conditions.

Develop a deep understanding of crop production and protection principles and explore how this expertise can be harnessed to create food systems that are both productive and eco-friendly. Learn to design sustainable agricultural practices that meet food demands without depleting natural resources or harming the environment. 

Our Agriculture for Sustainable Development MSc equips students with a holistic understanding of sustainable agriculture practices that consider natural, social, and economic factors. It teaches approaches and strategies that can be applied in diverse contexts worldwide. Learn with NRI research-active staff with expertise in crop production, pest and disease management, agroforestry, postharvest technologies, climate change adaptation, and agricultural economics and marketing. 

What Makes Us Unique

  • Practitioner-based learning at a trusted and world-renowned institution: NRI has over 125 years of history in international development research and practice, with ongoing links in more than 30 countries worldwide, thus providing opportunities for practitioner-based learning.
  • Immersive field trips: Gain hands-on experience in diverse agricultural settings. Our immersive field trips around Kent and Medway’s nationally important agricultural sector allow you to observe sustainable farming practices firsthand and gain insights into real-world challenges and solutions.
  • Cutting-edge research opportunities:Our programme allows students to engage in cutting-edge research projects supervised by NRI’s expert researchers. Through these research opportunities, students can contribute to developing innovative solutions for making agriculture more resilient and sustainable in the face of evolving environmental conditions. Research may be lab-based or include field research.
  • Real-world case studies:Explore real-world case studies showcasing sustainable agriculture practices. These taught modules focus on collaborating with community members to develop ways to increase productivity without compromising sustainability.

Programme Team

The team includes soil science, agronomists, entomologists, integrated pest management specialists, agricultural marketing specialists, and agroforestry experts.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development will be equipped for careers in the agricultural and rural development sectors. Potential future workplaces include NGOs, ministries, funding agencies and national research institutes. Graduates may also be able to continue onto a research degree (MPhil/PhD).