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Teagasc/UCD Knowledge Transfer Masters Programme

Who should consider this Masters Programme?

This Masters Programme is geared specifically to build the competencies for careers in agricultural advisory and education services whether in the public or private sector. Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum 2.2.Honours BAgrSc (or equivalent) degree. Applications from graduates with pass level degrees coupled with significant and appropriate work experience in the sector will also be considered.

There are two programme options available to candidates:

Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Innovation Support

The aim of this programme is to equip partipants with the skills and knowledge to be effective in building the capacity of farmers to adopt new practices and technologies. The experience gained on this programme will equip participants well for future roles in advisory services, technical consultancy and education delivery.

This Masters is predominantly by Research (25% taught modules) and runs for 22 months (September - June). The programme includes a 15 month placement in a Teagasc office or education centre. Each year there is a list research topics to choose from and each candidate will have a both a Teagasc and UCD based thesis supervisor.

Masters (MAgrSc) in Agricultural Extension

This is a two year taught Masters programme with students on professional placement for the full duration and completing modules for 90 credits (ECTs). Programme modules are designed to support traineeship type learning with assignments and projects focused on student’s professional placement / real life problems and challenges. On completion of this programme, students will be competent and professional agricultural advisors, committed to on-going reflective practice and seeking for more effective ways to support farmer decision making. Students will be able to develop and deliver appropriate agricultural advisory and educational programmes that serve the needs of farmers and farm families who are their clients. Students will adopt the skills to reflect critically on their practice as agricultural advisors and educators and be able to identify and exploit needs and opportunities for improved practice.

Funding

The value of the Walsh Fellowship is €22,000 per annum out of which the recipient pays college fees. Students are paid monthly and are exempt from income tax. No PRSI or pension deductions are made. Travel expenses are paid at reduced rates. Subsistence, where eligible, is on the basis of approved and vouched receipts only.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted in the April/May period each year. There are 10 places available on each programme. Candidates are encouraged to apply for both programmes and are reminded to indicate their first preference on the application form.

Interviews will take place early-mid July. Where short listing is required, only applicants called for interview may to be contacted.

For further information on this programme contact:

Dr. Tom Kelly, Teagasc – tom.kelly@teagasc.ie

Dr. Monica Gorman, School of Agriculture & Food Science, UCD – monica.gorman@ucd.ie

Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/graduateprogrammes/researchopportunities/ or by emailing agribus.ruraldev@ucd.ie.