1 year (full-time)
2 to 3 years (part-time)
Start date: September 2017
Final award: MSc
Intermediate awards: PgC, PgD
On a national and international scale there is an increasing need to reconcile the need for increased food production with the need for conservation of natural resources. There is also a need for people to understand and deal with complex land situations such as within agricultural systems.
This course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied agro-ecology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, the increased and shifting needs for food production and on the other the need for conservation and management of natural resources. Sustainable food production and sustainable intensification are of high policy importance both nationally and internationally. Agro-ecology is a key aspect of sustainable intensification.
This course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas. The course will utilise our teaching strengths and offer an alternative focus for students with an interest in both agriculture and the natural environment, and will complement other specialist postgraduate courses such as the Entomology courses, Integrated Pest Management, and Weed Science.
Specifically the course will enable students to:
An understanding of agro-ecology and the organisms and systems that underpin agricultural systems can facilitate the ability to manage agricultural systems in a more sustainable manner.
This course will provide the foundation for a career in both conservation and in agriculture.
The course will provide you with specialized training in agroecology and farmland conservation. Specifically, the course which will:
The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.
Students on this scholarship are eligible to apply for The Organic Farmers and Growers Scholarship.
|Module Title||Credit Value||PgC (60 credits from)||PgD (120 credits from)||MSc (180 credits from)|
|Research and Information Skills||15|
|Sustainable Farming Systems||15|
|Fundamentals of Agro-ecology||15|
|Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services||15|
|Food Security and Sustainability||15|
|Forest and Woodland Ecology and Conservation||15|
|Soil and Water Nutrient Cycling / Waste Management||15|
|Experimental Design and Analysis||15|
|Plant Health Management - Principles||15|
|GIS and Land Use||15|
The type of jobs that require the skills that you will gain include: