1 year full-time
2 to 3 years part-time
Start date: September 2020
Final award: MSc
Intermediate awards: PgC Agricultural Production Systems, PgD Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems
Gain the skills and knowledge to keep feeding the world. As the population grows so do the challenges we face, and the need for creative solutions from agricultural specialists.
The demand for safe, wholesome food produced in an environmentally sensitive manner is a major political issue for national governments and internationally within global commodity markets. Global population is set to rise to 9 billion by 2050*, which will substantially increase the demand for food.
As a recognised centre of research excellence that is closely engaged with the industries, professions and organisations involved in the global agri-food chain and the UK rural economy, we can help you develop the skills to play a key role managing global agricultural production systems.
MSc students will learn to:
* Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century; UK Cabinet Office report, 2008
The full-time and two year part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan.
Modules are delivered in one week (and in a select few modules two week) blocks on campus. You will know in advance which weeks require physical attendance as they’ll be scheduled on the timetable. In addition to this, you will be required to allocate time for self-study to complete the assignments associated with each of the modules. Some modules may also include research and/or exam elements, these are also highlighted on the timetable.
For PgC/PgD entry candidates should possess one of the following:
For MSc entry candidates should possess one of the following:
Suggested pathways and associated optional modules:
Farm Business Management
Soil and Water Management
Note: Principles and Practices of Crop Production and Principles and Practice of Livestock Husbandry can be replaced with an optional module for students with a first degree in Agriculture.
Students have typically entered a wide variety of professions. Some have worked for government departments and agencies such as Natural England or the Environment Agency. Others have joined agrochemical companies or found positions within agricultural or environmental consultancies.