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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 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

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.

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.

Please see our FAQs page for part-time route 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

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Core modules

Advances in Crop ProtectionLink opens in a new window Climate ChangeLink opens in a new window

Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop AgronomyLink opens in a new window

Crop Physiology & ProductionLink opens in a new window
Soil Sustainability and the EnvironmentLink opens in a new window

Organic & Low Input SystemsLink opens in a new window

Plant Breeding & Trial Design for RegistrationLink opens in a new window

Project / PlacementLink opens in a new window

Introduction to BASIS Crop ProtectionLink opens in a new window  

Optional modules

Subject to availability

Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem ServicesLink opens in a new window Business StrategyLink opens in a new window
Biological Invasions in Changing EnvironmentsLink opens in a new window Marketing ManagementLink opens in a new window
Climate Change and Development (Law)

Challenges of Global Food SecurityLink opens in a new window

Additional vocational training


PA1 - Safe Use of Pesticides is included with the module HR930 Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection.

PA4 - Pesticide Granule Application can be arranged if requested. This carries an extra cost to the student to cover additional training by external specialists and examination.

PA6 - Knapsack/Hand-held applicators can be arranged if requested. This carries an extra cost to the student 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: 2023
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 fees: £10,950
International fees: £31,450
Start date: September 2023
Location of study: School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

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