What Will You Study

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 scheme aims to train the next generation of natural and social scientists who will tackle these challenges. It will give you the necessary interdisciplinary training and research with an international focus.

There is also a two-year full-time International MSc (Research) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, which additionally includes a 12 month overseas research placement.

Core modules:

  • Crop Protection
  • Dissertation Project
  • Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
  • Sustainable Soil Management

Optional modules:

Three optional modules from the following (subject to change)

  • Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
  • Biological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change
  • Catchment Protection (field course)
  • Conservation Biology
  • Contaminated Land and Remediation
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Environmental Management
  • Habitat Management
  • Numerical Skills
  • Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Pollution Microbiology
  • Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Using the NVC
  • Wildlife Monitoring Techniques
  • Wildlife Population Ecology