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.

The PgCert provides an opportunity for postgraduate learning and professional development for those who are unable to commit to a full MSc programme. The award requires the successful completion of four 15 credit modules, selected from the modules available on the MSc course.


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