Postgraduate Certificate in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise

The Postgraduate Certificate course develops the communication skills required by supervisors/managers to effect positive change in the agri-food and rural business sector. The course consists of three modules, which concentrate on the specific skills required to work effectively and provide an introduction to the core concepts associated with the three options on the Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Examples of topics covered on the course include: developing others, motivating and providing leadership, facilitating organisational change and communicating effectively in a range of business contexts.

Course content

  • Skills to affect change within businesses
  • Rural business dynamics
  • Integrating learning with business needs

Course duration

Normally completed over one semester of full-time study or one year of part-time study.

How to apply

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate course should apply using the on-line Queen’s University Belfast Postgraduate application form, which can be found at

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food, Equine Studies, Geography, Consumer Studies, Business Studies, Environmental Science or related subjects.


We welcome applicants with a diverse range of primary degrees as students from these different backgrounds can make a positive impact within the agri-food and rural business sectors.

Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate (obtaining a minimum of 50% in each module) may progress onto the Postgraduate Certificate.