NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA DURATION: 1 year, full-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 15 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MRP1 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply.

Rural Futures Planning and Innovation

Your Course Rural places and communities, rapidly changing and evolving, have a complexity on a par with their urban counterparts in terms of the processes and trends that shape them. Equally, while particulars of what drives change and development in rural areas is linked to past and present knowledge, uncertainty about the future of rural areas, and even more so the ability to plan for the possible and desired shape of that future, continues to present a challenge. This programme responds to these challenges by focusing on how planning and innovation can contribute to the future of rural areas. The programme explores how we can envisage and strategically plan for rural change (including agricultural change), and how we might aim for alternative, desirable future rural developments based on the promotion of innovation. It emphasises how planning and innovation are linked to improvements—in methods, processes, products, services or technologies—in supporting and nurturing new ideas which promote a sustainable rural future. Career Opportunities Graduates of this programme will be able to consider careers in a number of areas dealing with rural innovation, development and planning, including the following: government departments; public service organisations; local tourism and heritage organisations; local development organisations; international aid organisations. Further study opportunities—graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies to PhD level in a range of disciplines at NUI Galway. Minimum Entry Requirements A Level 8 degree, or equivalent, with a standard of H2.2 overall, with H2.1 in a relevant discipline. FIND OUT MORE AT: geography-rural-futures-planning-innovation.html

CONTACT Dr Marie Mahon T: +353 91 492 376 E:

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. The programme is delivered by staff who: have established reputations in internationally and nationally funded rural research and publications; have active networks with key international and national rural institutions; and have extensive teaching experience ranging from undergraduate to PhD level. 2. The focus on futures planning is unique, emphasising progression toward desired rural futures. 3. The programme emphasises field-based and applied approaches to teaching and learning, developing strong rural- specific and other skills valued by employers.

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