UCC Undergraduate courses

Rural Development

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

This web-based course targets people involved in rural development in a professional or voluntary capacity. It provides the knowledge and skills to manage all aspects of local/rural development initiatives.

The BSc degree is an access qualification pathway for mature students active in the development of rural areas. Graduates will learn the skills necessary to initiate and manage local rural development.

Participants can qualify with a diploma after two years of part-time study. After successful completion of the first level of the course, student may continue to earn a degree with a minimum of a further two years of study.

Topics covered include:

  • Rural Development
  • Marketing for Rural Enterprise
  • Setting up a Rural Development Organisation
  • Stimulating Rural Enterprise
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Designing & Managing an Area Development Plan
  • Gender Equality Issues in Rural Development
  • Fieldwork Project
  • SME Development
  • Project Planning & Development
  • Information Technology
  • Public & Social Policy Processes
  • Rural Labour Markets
  • Community Education
  • Socio-Economic Research

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme.

Course Practicalities

This is a web-based distance-learning course. Participants can qualify with a diploma after two years of part-time study. After successful completion of the first level of the course, students may continue to earn a degree with a minimum of a further two years of study.

See here for details on assessment for Rural Development modules.

Why Choose This Course

This course is an access qualification pathway for mature students, aimed at people who are active in the development of rural areas. It is a web-based distance-learning degree course.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the theory and practice underpinning sustainable rural development;
  • Describe and appraise the current framework for rural development policy, the process for policy formulation and trends within a local, national and European context;
  • Research rural problems, interpret contemporary challenges facing rural communities, and propose and implement appropriate solutions;
  • Apply participative, socially inclusive practices of rural development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to establish and manage a successful rural enterprise;
  • Identify and evaluate issues of equality, social inclusion and poverty in the context of rural development;
  • Understand the economic, environmental and social criteria that may be used to determine sustainability (for agriculture and more generally rural development).

Requirements

Normally, applicants will be required to be at least 23 years old on 1st January of the year of enrolment and have at least two years' experience in either a voluntary or professional capacity in a rural development organisation.

This course is a mature student access qualification pathway for adults active in the development of rural areas. Application forms are available from Mary O’Shaughnessy, Department of Food Business and Development/Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. Email: mary.shaughnessy@ucc.ie

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Applicants should contact

Mary O’Shaughnessy, Department of Food Business and Development/Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC,

Email: mary.oshaughnessy@ucc.ie regarding fees.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants should email admissions@ucc.ie

International students should visit the International office website.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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