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International Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security MSc (Research)

With the world’s population fast approaching seven billion, one of the main challenges facing the human race is how to feed its people. It’s estimated that a rise in food production of at least 50% will be needed by 2030, yet society expects that this additional food be delivered with reduced environmental impact.

Food production itself is only part of the problem. Food security isn’t just about exploiting scientific and technological advances to increase crop yields; it’s also about addressing the associated economic and social factors to enable people to access sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

This two year scheme is delivered in partnership with one of our overseas research partners, at universities in China, Brazil, USA, or India. Students will study at Lancaster University for the first year and develop plans for a collaborative project overseas for the second year.

This scheme will provide you with significant experience in food security and sustainable agriculture, its commercial application and experience of directed study and independent research in leading institutions in both the UK and overseas.

Core modules:Dissertation Project (Year 1)Extended Dissertation Project (Year 2)Crop ProtectionFood Security, Agriculture and Climate ChangeSustainable Soil Management

Optional modules:

Three optional modules from the following (subject to change)Behaviour of Pollutants in the EnvironmentBiological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate ChangeCatchment Protection (field course)Conservation BiologyContaminated Land and RemediationData Analysis and InterpretationEnvironmental LawEnvironmental ManagementFood Security and Environmental Issues in ChinaHabitat ManagementNumerical SkillsPerspectives on Environment and DevelopmentPollution MicrobiologyRight to Adequate Food as a Human RightSustainable SystemsSustainable Water Management: Concepts, Governance & PracticeUsing the NVCWildlife Population EcologyWildlife Monitoring Techniques

Please see Postgraduate Module Guide for further information