Information and advice about postgraduate courses on offer as well as postgraduate studentship competitions.

Kingsley Agoha celebrates with his wife after graduating with MSc in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise
Postgraduate study at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

MSc study opportunities are available both part-time and full-time, through the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise at Loughry Campus.  The MSc in Business Communication for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise is a postgraduate taught course validated by Queen’s University Belfast. 

The full-time MSc pathway is completed over one full calendar year with students attending class on three days per week and the remainder of the week spent on independent learning. 

Whilst Part-time students build incrementally upon their qualification to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate at the end of year 1, then a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of year 2, and finally the MSc after 3 years of study. Part-time students typically attend one evening class per week, usually on Thursday.

The taught Modules are:

Year 1

  1. Skills to affect change within businesses,
  2. Rural business dynamics,
  3. Integrating learning with business needs,

Year 2

  1. Planning and evaluating change management programmes,
  2. Research and development,
  3. Students then choose 1 of 3 options from;  Business Communication, Innovation management, or Rural Enterprise; dependent on their personal interest and career pathway. 

Year 3 

Upon completion of all six modules the student then undertakes research demonstrating independent, innovative and creative thinking, with the support of a tutor who is a recognised Teacher of Queen’s University and students complete their Master’s journey with a research thesis where subject areas reflect the student’s own research interests. 

Applicants should normally possess a BSc (Hons 2.2 or above) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food, Consumer Studies, Business Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Rural and Business Studies or related subjects.  Applicants with a diverse range of degrees are also welcome and will be considered on an individual basis.

An alternative pathway to study the MSc is through completion of a Graduate Certificate in Business Communication for Rural Enterprise, which is a one year qualification studied one afternoon per week.  Entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate are a Degree or Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.  Applicants with relevant experience who do not possess formal degree level qualifications may apply and be considered through the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning Route.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Claire Hughes
Telephone 028 8676 8320 / 028 8676 8225 

For further information on how to apply for a postgraduate course please use the link below:

The 2019 DAERA Postgraduate Studentships Competition 

Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) offers a limited number of full time postgraduate studentships.These are for a 3 year period of research leading to a PhD qualification from a United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland university.

For an application form, Terms & Conditions and Priority Research Areas, please visit the DAERA Studentships page on the nidirect website.

The 2019 DAERA Postgraduate Studentships Competition is now closed. 

If you have a query please see contact details below:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Student Awards
Room 518
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Telephone: 028 90524710

Postgraduate Annual Symposium

Each year an event is held showcasing currently funded students' research. 

DAERA Permanent Secretary Dr Denis McMahon and Dr. Sam Strain, Chief Executive of Animal Health and Welfare NI speaking to DAERA postgraduate students - Aaron Brown, Year 1 and Lauren Chesney, Year 2
This year's event was held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 12 September 2019 and was attended by around 120 students, supervisors, stakeholders and DAERA staff.

Our Permanent Secretary, Dr Denis McMahon, welcomed everyone to the symposium and guest speaker Dr Sam Strain (Chief Executive, Animal Health and Welfare NI) delivered sound advice to the PhD students.

For more information on the Symposium, please follow the links below:

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