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 is 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 is 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.
The scheme provides an opportunity for postgraduate learning and professional development for those who are unable to commit to a full MSc programme. It can be taken as an intensive course over one or two terms, or could be spread over two years for those studying part-time. The award of a PgCert requires the successful completion of four 15 credit modules, selected from the modules available on the MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.