The School of Life Sciences has been ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 research ranking exercise. Overall more than 80% of life sciences research was rated as 'World Leading or Internationally Excellent'.
Escalating rates of environmental and climate change are forcing us to re-evaluate our management of agricultural and natural habitats. The competing demands on agricultural land for food production and for bioenergy provision must be reconciled with environmental stewardship and mitigation of climate change.
This MSc provides a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, management, societal matters and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food and provision of ecosystem services.
The teaching was fantastic with a wide range of interesting and passionate lectures covering the different modules.
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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: 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and a project, dissertation or placement.
Module assessments by coursework and exam.
You will take 10 core modules, 1 or 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).
- Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
- Environmental Accounting
- Climate Change
- Organic and Low Input Systems
- Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
- Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
- Microbiomics & Metagenomics
- Challenges of Global Food Security
- Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety
- Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability
- Project, Placement or Dissertation
(Availability dependent on demand)
- International Environmental Law
- Marketing Management
- Accounting & Financial Management
- Business Strategy
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.
This MSc is for those looking for a research career in environmental bioscience or to improve their employment prospects in governmental or non-governmental organisations concerned with environmental policy development. Graduates could expect to work in areas related to sustainability in farming systems, rural development, environmental management, science communication, policy and consultancy.
This course gave me an interest and direction that I was previously lacking. It gave me motivation to explore areas I found interesting and the confidence to explore working in an industry I had little experience in. I developed a large amount of transferable skills.
Alumni job titles include:
- Policy Outreach Officer at Climate Change Consortium of Wales
- Science Editor and Marketing Manager
- Environmental Marketing Officer
- Global Sustainability Manager at Molson Coors Brewing
- Integrated Farm Management promotion for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)
- Environmental and Ecological Consultant at Engineering Services Consultancy Ltd
Signatory Operations Officer at Principles for Responsible Investment
- Supply Chain Coordinator at Mitie Waste & Environmental
Ecological Project Officer at Middlemarch Environmental Limited
Environmental Consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor for Natural England
Graduated with Merit in 2017
First Degree: Animal Science and Health
First Job after Graduating: Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor for Natural England
First Degree: Biology
First job after graduating: Sustainability Analyst, Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Ltd.
Subsequent job: CSR & Sustainability Manager, The Goodwood Group
Learning about the latest thinking on food and framing sustainability was the best thing about the MSc. Also becoming friends with people from all around the world.
First Degree: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
First job after graduating: Projects Coordinator at Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
Subsequent job: IFM Manager at LEAF Linking Environment And Farming
Current job: Environmental Consultant at Jacobs
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Sampling the abundance of butterflies at the University of Warwick to assess biodiversity and to provide advice on conservation.
Robert Clark - supervisor Rosemary Collier
The aim of Rob’s project was to use established methods to survey land owned by the University of Warwick to assess the abundance of butterflies, to use this information as an indicator of habitat health and to provide the University with recommendations for the future management of these habitats. He recorded the abundance of butterfly species around the University of Warwick central and Wellesbourne campuses, investigated associations between the abundance of adult butterflies and the abundance of larval and adult host plants and provided recommendations to the University about how best to protect and improve the habitats and biodiversity around the campus.
Rob’s project has shown that there are a good number of butterflies on University of Warwick land, indicating that there are biodiverse habitats. However, different areas vary greatly in the numbers of both individuals and species seen and no rare or endangered species were seen during the study. General recommendations were made about how the University can better manage its land in order to promote more species, with specific plans suggested for three endangered species that Butterfly Conservation is actively attempting to conserve.
Chris Talbot (Habitat Biodiversity Audit Partnership), Mike Slater (Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire), Lois Browne (Warwickshire Biological Records Centre) and the University of Warwick Estates Team all provided Rob with information and advice.