graduate, postgraduate, agriculture, farming, forestry, conservation

Study a graduate program in agriculture and forestry

What will I study on a graduate agriculture and forestry program?

The way we gather food and farm is changing dramatically. From environmentalism to agricultural marketing, soil science to forestry management, a graduate agriculture and forestry program will take you out of the classroom and on to the muddy fields to get your hands dirty.
Graduate agriculture and forestry programs will build on your previous undergraduate skills by adding extra specialised knowledge. You will be able to take courses and modules in sustainable forest management and agroforestry, or look at the risks involved with genetically modified crops and water security.
Whatever you choose to specialise in, a postgraduate course in agriculture and forestry will be your ticket to a career outdoors.

Length of program

The length of a graduate agriculture and forestry program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 
  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto a graduate agriculture and forestry program, you will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject. Some specialisms such as land engineering or environmental management require previous experience in the sector, although it may be possible to take a conversion course from a different degree.

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

A postgraduate course in agriculture and forestry will often lead to careers in farm management, agricultural product design and conservation. However, many postgraduates continue in academia and go on to roles in research and consultancy.

Another career strand is to work with farm animals in a number of roles, from animal management to working on the fundamental sciences of animals and their behaviour.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Farm manager
  • Nature conservation officer

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate agriculture and forestry programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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