UCC Postgraduate courses

Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development

  • Code

    CKL03

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees 2019

    €10,500
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €18,000

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications are now closed for 2019-2020 intake

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    9 September, 2019

Course Outline

This MSc course will give participants a deeper understanding of co-operatives, sustainable development and the agri-food system. This is a unique course, with a very strong practical emphasis and will equip participants with the organisational and management skills needed to make innovative contributions to the development of local economies, with particular emphasis on co-operatives, social enterprises and food businesses in Ireland and overseas. It is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines who wish to pursue careers in sustainable development and innovative practice leading to positions in the food sector (ranging from local food enterprises to large multi-nationals), local and international rural development, shared and collaborative economy, NGOs, innovative community businesses including co-operatives and social enterprises, local and regional enterprise development, corporate social responsibility,  policy formulation and analysis.

The MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is delivered over 12 months and includes a placement opportunity. 

PART I

Students take 70 credits as follows: 

  • FE6305 Contemporary Socio-Economic and Environmental Issues (5 credits)
  • FE6304 Co-operative and Collaborative Responses (10 credits)
  • FE6303 Sustainable Rural Development (10 credits)
  • FE6507 Economics of Agri-Food Markets (5 credits)
  • FE6902 Global Food Policy Issues (5 credits)
  • FE6305 Marketing for Sustainable Food Production and Consumption (5 credits)
  • FE6506 Food Branding and Digital Media (5 credits)
  • MG6315 Project Management (5 credits)
  • FE6512 Sustainable Food Systems (5 credits)
  • FE6508 Food Supply Chain and Value Analysis (5 credits)
  • FE6509 Research Methods (5 credits)
  • FE6510 Professional Development (5 credits) 

PART II

Students take 20 credits as follows:

  • FE6306 Practice-Based Research Project (20 credits) – Students will complete a practice-based research project. This will be completed in collaboration with a relevant partner organisation.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development is a full-time 12 month programme. In Part I, you will need to be available to attend classes and seminars from Monday to Friday (inclusive).

During Part II of the programme, you will complete a Practice-Based Research Project which will include supervision from an academic mentor.

Assessment

You will be assessed by continuous assessment and examinations and will complete a practice-based research project.

Who Teaches this course

The programme is taught by academic staff of the Department of Food Business and Development and Department of Management and Marketing. In addition, invited guest lecturers and experts with a broad range of national and international experience also contribute to the MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.

Why Choose This Course

This course was very relevant for the artisan food sector, as well as the wider food industry

Eamonn Lonergan
Director
Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese Ltd.

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This innovative MSc is breaking new ground in recognising the important links between generating resilient local food economies and the need to develop a much more significant co-operative sector.

Emma Walls

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Family farms and rural communities and especially those in distant-to-market regions need routes to market that they control.

Stuart Miekle

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Co-operation is critical to success for small business, as well as large.

Kelly Spillane

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Graduates of this programme will be in high demand because there will be an upsurge in jobs within the food industry.

Michael Cronin

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This course is the only one year Masters of its kind which fully integrates co-operative approaches into the study of sustainable development and agri-food. It is especially practical, both in work placements and in the skills you learn. It will prepare you to work in organisations that deal with current and future socio-economic and environmental challenges including climate change, collaborative economies, and sustainable rural communities.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Participants can complete their Practice-Based Research Project either in Ireland or abroad, depending on their interests.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates can expect to work in Co-ops and other third sector organisations (e.g. social enterprises, voluntary organisations, charities); international, non-governmental (NGOs) and business development organisations; Rural development policy and support (e.g. animation); consultancy (in agri-food, rural development, third sector); local economic development/enterprise development staff through local authorities and consultancies; local food marketing and branding; corporate social responsibility roles in food and other industries.                                        

Occupations associated with [MSc Co-Operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development]

Research, Policy advisory roles, Local food marketing, local and international development roles, corporate social responsibility roles, co-operative advisory role as well as management. 

What are our graduates doing? 

Graduates can expect to work in a wide range of areas such as agri-food businesses (including co-operatives and artisan food enterprises), local government, NGOs (Irish and International), consultancy, research and policy analysis, social enterprise and local development agencies (e.g. LEADER).

Requirements

A minimum 2H degree (NFQ Level 8 Honours) or equivalent, in a wide range of disciplines. Consideration may be given to applicants who do not hold a second class honours degree but who have sufficient relevant experience, subject to approval by the Cork University Business School (CUBS).                  

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €10,500.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

For details of Scholarships and Funding opportunities relating to this programme, please visit: https://www.cubsucc.com/postgraduate-scholarships/

 

The MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development has been included by Irish Aid in their directory of eligible courses for Irish Aid Fellowships; further details are available at: https://www.irishaidfellowships.ie/

 

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.  A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKL03 MSc Co-Op/Agri-Food/Sustainable Devel

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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