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Postgraduate Courses in Business for Agri-Food & Rural Enterprise

Postgraduate > Postgraduate courses in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise

Course Duration

1 year FT, 3 years PT

Course Location

Loughry Campus

Postgraduate courses in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise

The Master’s programme at Loughry Campus, Cookstown is offered in conjunction with Queen's University, Belfast (QUB). The full-time course is offered over one calendar year of study. Part-time students complete the course over three years of evening study.

During Semester one (or the first year part-time) students complete three modules which aim to develop the skills required by supervisors/managers to affect positive change in the business sector. The modules introduce the core business concepts of the programme and concentrate on specific skills required by the rural business sector:

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

After successful completion of these modules, students attain a Postgraduate Certificate

In second Semester (or second year part-time) a further three modules are studied which augment skills of planning, implementing and evaluating change at an organisational level.

  • Research and development
  • Planning and evaluating change management programmes
  • One optional module from: Business communication, Innovation management or Rural enterprise development

After successful  completion of all taught six modules, students attain a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of the taught modules students, with the support of a recognised tutor, undertake research to demonstrate independent, innovative and creative thinking. Primary data is collected, analysed and presented within a three-module weighted 16-18,000 word research thesis. Full-time students normally complete the research element from June-September, while part-time students complete their research during Year 3 of the course.

Course Entry Requirements

• Applicants should normally possess a BSc (Hons) Degree at 2:2 or above.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of Primary Degrees (please check the suitability of your qualification with Queen’s Admissions).


• Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Business Communication for Rural Enterprise (obtaining a minimum of 50% in each module) may progress on to the course.

Benefits of study

Postgraduate students develop practical knowledge and transferable skills to enhance and widen students’ ambitions and career choices. Attaining a postgraduate qualification has enabled students to improve their job performance and promotion opportunities.

Graduate profiles can be viewed here.

Course fees

Tuition fees for 2023 entry are provisionally set at £2,800 for full-time students and £933 per year for part-time students, subject to change.

How to apply

Applications to the course are made through Queen’s University Belfast.

To assist you with your online application watch this short video which details the application process.

Unfortunately, CAFRE does not have a Student Sponsor Licence to admit international students. Therefore, it is not possible to consider international applicants for entry to this course. Applicants from Ireland and Great Britain are welcome to apply.

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      Christopher McMinn

      “While studying at Loughry I found the staff very supportive and approachable. Through completing the course I have gained confidence in my own skills, abilities and now have copious amounts of knowledge that I use in my job as a Business Lecturer. I would encourage anyone to further their studies at Loughry – it proved a great choice for me.”

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