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Master of Applied Science - International Rural Development

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
2 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Campus:
Lincoln University
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Summary

Lincoln University’s focus and reputation for research opens the way for you to study programmes that connect different topics across a range of fascinating areas with real relevance to the future of our planet and natural resources.

This research-based Master’s lets you blend study and application across areas like agriculture, industry, transport, communications, recreation and tourism. Then relate these to vitally important subjects like international rural development and the management and conservation of our biosphere and natural resources.

The International Rural Development specialisation cultivates understanding of how communities across the world are attempting to grow productivity of land-based industries whilst also limiting and reducing negative environmental and socio-cultural impacts. There is a global need for graduates with sophisticated understanding of the challenges associated with these goals, requiring knowledge of the latest social and technological solutions, management systems and new science. The programme expands your abilities to engage through the economic, social and political dimensions, as they apply to the development contexts of agribusiness, environmental management, economics, finance and tourism.

Summary of Regulations

  • Students are required to complete 240 credits: normally 120 credits of taught courses from the schedules to the regulations for the relevant master's degree and a thesis worth 120 credits. Note that the first year provides preliminary research preparation.
  • Students enrolling in thesis only masters are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

Entry criteria

  • For a 240 credit Master’s (thesis plus exam) you need a relevant degree with at least a B-grade average in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses.
  • For the 120 credit Master’s (thesis only) a relevant postgraduate honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One equivalent or higher.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.

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