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MSc Food Security

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Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local and delocalised production with imports and environmental and economic impact. This MSc considers the critical factors in influencing global food security including the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation.

The course gave me great insight into the natural science of food security e.g. crop science, environmental science and biodiversity. I can now apply that technical knowledge directly to my line of work.
Javeria Hashmi

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Course Structure

You will take 7 core modules, up to 3 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

Demand for well qualified people to contribute to food production and the supply chain will increase. Governments require experts who are able to contribute to policy creation and legislation and non-governmental organisations need people who work at the interface of natural and social science.

This MSc prepares you for career paths in academic research and a wide range of public and commercial enterprises, government agencies, policy development and consultancy.

Career destinations include:

  • Analyst Consultant for Air Quality at Ricardo-AEA
  • Assistant Manager at Gouria Agricultural Ventures Ltd
  • Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre
  • NGO work on sustainable agro-nutrition

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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-D4A3
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)
Home 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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