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MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

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.

A significant part of the course was the project, which allows students to develop a more in-depth understanding of a particular field. I thoroughly enjoyed conducting research and have subsequently begun a PhD.
Sebastian Fairhead

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Entry requirements: A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5

Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months.

Module options: 8 core modules, up to 2 optional modules and a course project, dissertation or placement.

Module assessments by coursework and exam.

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.

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).

Core modules

  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
  • Climate Change
  • Organic and Low Input Systems
  • Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop Agronomy
  • Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection
  • Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration
  • Project/Work Placement


Optional Modules

(Availability dependent on demand)

  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • International Environmental Law
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

Further details of modules and project dissertation

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.


Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work. The project will be assessed by a seminar presentation and a thesis.

Please note that modules and courses on offer may change. We reserve the right not to run certain modules/courses based on programme review, staff availability and student demand.

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.

The links with experts in the industry that we made are useful when job hunting. I have also become more aware of the problems facing global agriculture and food security, which has made me want to become part of a team that can hep resolve these issues.
Catherine Garman

I think my MSc has given me something very impressive to place on my CV.
Peter Illman

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


Joe Collins
To graduate in 2019

First Degree: Agriculture with Crop Management

First job after graduating: Soil & Water Research Assistant at Innovation for Agriculture

The course attracted me because it was the only MSc in the UK which focussed on a sustainable and integrated approach to crop production. Warwick has a reputation as a very good university and with a good background in the agricultural and horticultural sciences. The university was very welcoming, and everyone seemed very friendly.

I would certainly recommend this MSc course for anyone who is interested in agriculture and horticulture. My knowledge of the subject has improved vastly over the course of the year and have also made some great friends during my time at Warwick. It has given me a stepping stone to employment at a higher level which I would not have been able to achieve otherwise.

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. I worked with the water industry implementing a catchment management plan for farmers using pesticides. This gave me great experience organising a project and improving my communication and presentation skills.

I liked the regular days ‘shadowing’ a professional agronomist which is a large part of the MSc course. This gives students a very clear insight in to the day to day agronomy industry.

harrytrickleback.jpgHarry Tricklebank

Graduated with Merit in 2015

First Degree: Horticulture

First job after graduating: Agronomist at Natures Crops International

Current job: R&D Agronomist at Eurofins Agroscience Services

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

The course provides you with an in depth look at agronomy but also how it links into food security and the demands on global food production. We spent many days out in the field with a highly experienced independent agronomist who shared his thoughts and ideas on both current and future strategies for controlling weeds, pests and disease.

The University has a whole host of connections with agricultural contacts, this provides you with opportunities to attend industry events and explore jobs. Networking for me was a very useful way of gaining contacts within industry particulraly when applying for job opportunities.”


Susannah Chapman

Graduated with Merit in 2013

First Degree: Pharmacology

First job after graduating: Senior Field Technician, University of Warwick

Current job: Agriculture Data Support Analyst at Sainsbury's

The course provides an in depth look at crop production and agronomy, but also looks at different but related topics such as food security and food policy. This is really beneficial as you learn about the bigger picture of food production and how it affects different people. There was also lots of industry contact which is great for learning about the agricultural industry and the jobs available; we spent many days out with an agronomist, met representatives from different chemical companies, as well opportunities to attend industry events.

I think the MSc made me more employable as I improved upon and gained many skills which I didn’t necessarily have after graduating from my undergraduate degree. Undertaking a placement and getting experience of the working environment, managing a demanding workload and regular presentations have particularly helped this.

I now work for the University of Warwick as a Senior Field Technician where I work on a variety of projects and field trials. A significant reason for getting this job is because of the experience and knowledge I gained from working as a crop trials assistant during my placement.”


Peter Illman

Graduated with Distinction in 2013

First Degree: Horticulture

First job after graduating: Trainee Product Technologist, Berry World

Current job: Technical Manager at Tesco

My arrival and orientation was excellent – not overdone and I felt that if I wanted more info then it would be available. My first highlights were the arrival and initial introductions to my new course mates. I also remember the trip to British Sugar. Best thing about the MSc – the project. The best thing about Warwick - the people on the course.

An extra year of academic development and a very good qualification from a reputable university. I think my MSc has given me something very impressive to place on my CV and I think the industrial experience gained from my project helped me to get my current job working for Berry World, one of the major soft fruit marketing companies in the UK.

During my time at warwick, I was the co-chair of the student/staff liaison committee. I was a member of the archery club, mixed hockey, badminton and wine and whiskey society.”


Nkulumani Ndlovu
Graduated in 2013

First Degree: Agricultural Resources Management

First job after graduating: Lecturer in Agriculture at Bishop Burton College

The best thing about the MSc was the wonderful career advice, mock interviews by helpful staff at Student Careers & Skills as well as helping me with CV and cover letter writing. The CAL English classes and the mentor they provided were also brilliant.

The experience at Warwick was good and I learnt a lot. I think the MSc helped me to get this job; particularly my time on placement at SGS UK played a major role in improving my job prospects. I am a part-time lecturer in Agriculture for degree students at Bishop Burton College. My role includes training and will hopefully lead to me gaining qualified teacher status (QTS)."

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MSc Sustainable Crop Production

How to Apply

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Course enquiries:

Denny Croft &
Therese Lepicard
msc dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7657 4995