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MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

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Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel - this course provides the knowledge and practical skills in crop management and crop improvement. You will gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset. You will learn the principles of crop production and the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and soil health.

Warwick is a highly reputable university with a fantastic range of facilities and has a great student atmosphere around campus. The best thing about the course were the lecturers, with each one having a real passion for their area of expertise. The best thing about Warwick were the people on the course.
Harry Tricklebank

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Course Structure

Modules
You will take 8 core modules, up to 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation.

Depending on your academic background you will find elements of some modules harder, or easier, than others.

Assessment
Module assessment is by coursework and exam. Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It includes:

  • essays
  • seminar presentations
  • practical reports
  • oral evaluation
  • assessed group work

The project will be assessed by a seminar presentation and a dissertation.

Project Dissertation
The research project, placement or dissertation is a substantial piece of original work. The project normally requires 3 months of enquiry and data collection, and one month writing up.

See Teaching and Learning for more information.

Career Opportunities

You will acquire the skills necessary for career paths in the agriculture of crops, agronomy, crop trial management, and as policy development officers, technical commodity specialists and professional advisors. You will also be able to join sales teams for fertiliser, agrochemical and other specialist supply companies.

We expect graduates to become the industry’s future managers and leaders. Alumni have gone on to study for a PhD or, for example, into agronomy and agricultural consulting.

Career destinations include:

  • Regional Technical Agronomist at Bayer CropScience
  • Trainee Agronomist at Valley Produce Ltd
  • Trainee Product Technologist at Berry World
  • Trainee Agronomist at Agrovista
  • Crop Trialist at Eurofins
  • Agronomist and Agricultural Consultant at Agrinig, Nigeria
  • Senior Field Technician at University of Warwick

Find out more from our student profiles

Modules

Core modules

 
Advances in Crop Protection Climate Change

Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop Agronomy

Crop Physiology & Production
Soil Sustainability and the Environment

Organic & Low Input Systems

Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration

Project / Placement

Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection  

Optional modules

 
Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Business Strategy
Biological Invasions in Changing Environments Marketing Management
Microbiomics & Metagenomics

Challenges of Global Food Security

Additional vocational training

PA1 - Safe Use of Pesticides (By request*)

PA4 - Pesticide Granule Application (By request*)

PA6 - Knapsack/Hand-held applicators (By request*)

BASIS Registration (usually one week intensive revision schedule and exam; By request*)

* These modules will carry an extra cost to cover additional training by external specialists and examination.

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick. So it is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions

Course Summary


Year of entry: 2020
Course code: THRA-D4A2 
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements: At least a second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification
IELTS: 6.5 (no component score below 6.0)
UK/EU fees: £9,460 (£4,730 part-time)
International fees: £27,160
Start date: September 2020
Location of study: School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick


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