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The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) at the University of Reading offers an outstanding postgraduate learning experience.

Based in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, GIIDAE provides the opportunity to study in a truly diverse community of students from more than 40 countries.

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Our postgraduate programmes

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International Development

We offer six international development programmes, covering a diverse range of topics that include applied international development, agriculture, climate change, communication for development, environmental change and food security.

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Agri- Food Economics and Marketing

Our agri-food economics and marketing programmes span agricultural economics, development finance, consumer behaviour, research in agricultural and food economics, and food economics and marketing.
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There are three options for postgraduate study in agriculture. We offer an MSc in Agriculture and Development, a master's by research that covers agriculture, ecology and the environment, and an online postgraduate certificate in animal science.

Our expertise

The diverse nature of GIIDAE's programmes reflects our international expertise. Our interactive approach to learning gives you a coherent understanding of theory, practice and current debates in international development, agriculture and economics.

Our reputation for international development studies is reflected in the latest QS World University Rankings, where we are ranked 11th in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022).

Your learning environment

You will be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of research, practice and policy development, with expertise spanning agriculture and economics, horticulture, food, marketing, rural environments and international development.

You'll learn alongside graduates and mid-career professionals, helping to create a unique and global learning experience. Diversity, equality and high-quality teaching and learning are core values in our approach to education.

"There are excellent opportunities for research, networking and personal development within each programme, as well as access to first-class study resources and employability support."

Dr Sarah Cardey, Director of the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics


Our research

Our research is driven by key global challenges and aligns closely with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are ranked 11th in the world for Agriculture and Forestry research (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022).
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Meet the team

We have a diverse team of experts across five academic departments.


Our facilities

Explore our extensive, specialist facilities – from arable and dairy farms to analytical laboratories.