M.Sc. On Campus

Agricultural Extension and Innovation

12 months
26400 EUR/year
9230 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme based in UCD and is focused on meeting the needs of those who are interested in developing careers in advisory, consultancy or education services in the public, private or non-governmental sector. 


This MSc will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to understand more about the processes of learning that underpin change and development and to be effective in building the capacity of farmers to adopt new practices and technologies. 

Students will develop competencies in: analysis of the context of agricultural change; design and development of appropriate advisory strategies to support agricultural development; how to support adult learning and behaviour change and research and analytical skills to identify and support worthwhile innovations.

The programme emphasises and values group work, problem solving and creative thinking and encourages students to be active, self-directed and reflective learners.  Assignments are based on real life case studies that are complex and unpredictable, reflecting the norms of practice in advisory and education services.


Career opportunities for graduates of this Agricultural Extension and Innovation programme at University College Dublin are in agricultural advisory, consulting and education services.  Across Europe and internationally there is increasing attention on the critical contribution of Knowledge Transfer processes to sustainable and competitive agricultural development and graduates with competencies in agricultural extension are highly sought.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Creative Thinking & Innovation
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Communications
  • Agricultural Extension & Innovation
  • Design Thinking for Agricultural Innovation 
  • Understanding the Family Farm business. 
  • Minor Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a range of academic qualifications including Agricultural Science, Life Science and Business Degree programmes from a recognised higher education institution.   Applications are welcome from people with work experience in government and non-governmental organisations that provide rural extension services in agriculture, environmental and community development.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26400 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9230 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9230 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU: €4,670
  • non-EU: €13,200

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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