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.
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Entry requirements: A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or other appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5
Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months.
Module options: 7 core modules, up to 3 optional modules and a course project, dissertation or placement.
Module assessments by coursework and exam.
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.
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.
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).
- Advances in Crop Protection
- Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability (new module)
- Climate Change
- Challenges of Global Food Security
- Environmental Accounting
- Organic and Low Input Systems
- Project/Work Placement
- Soil Sustainability and the Environment
- Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
- Biological Invasions in Changing Climates
- Business Strategy
- Marketing Management
- Microbiomics & Metagenomics
(Availability dependent on demand)
Note: The core module Crop Physiology and Production has been removed as part of course design changes made to improve student experience. By making these changes we aim to allow students more breadth of study and the opportunity to examine food security more widely.
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.
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.
Our dedicated placement officer can help you explore opportunities to secure a work or project placement.
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
Charlotte Day (nee Jordan)
First Degree: BA French & International relations
What is the potential of enhancing biodiversity by using local provenance seed in urban churchyards?
Lydia Bosire - supervisor Rosemary Collier
The aim of Lydia’s project was to investigate the use of local provenance green hay to enhance grassland biodiversity in urban churchyards in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. The specific objectives were to identify species-poor urban churchyards that could benefit from such a scheme and select from this group those which might be potential partners in promoting this conservation initiative. A further objective was to examine how it would be feasible to create awareness about the importance of biodiversity in the local context by using churchyards as platforms.
Lydia was advised and supported by Gina Rowe (Warwickshire Wildlife Trust) , Ruth Moffatt (Warwickshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan), Camille Newton (Local Wildlife Sites Project), Jane and David O’Dell (St. Mary’s, Oldberrow Church), Godfrey Armitage (Coventry Diocesan Environmental Group) and Richard Brown (Coventry University).
Agroecology, Small farmers and Livelihoods: A Critical Analysis for Sustainable Development
Javeria Hashmi - Supervisor Rosemary Collier
Productive and sustainable agrarian systems are key to the livelihoods of small farmers and the economies of developing countries. However, conventional, intensive and monoculture agricultural systems have over-exploited the natural reserves resulting in severe environmental degradation parallel to high prevalence of global hunger and malnutrition. In response, agroecology has arisen as the alternative low-input agriculture system to address the issue of sustainability whilst conserving biodiversity.
Javeria’s study, which was carried out as a work placement project at Practical Action UK, considered agroecological processes as an enterprise of human activities. Her study was based on published literature and conversations with experts. Various case studies from around the world were discussed as evidentiary support throughout the study.
Javeria was assisted in particular by Practical Action, UK, especially Mr. Chris Henderson, who gave her the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at their organization and also Julia Wright and Carla Sarrouy at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), University of Coventry, for providing unlimited support and expert advice. Javeria co-authored a blog on the Practical Action website http://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/food-and-agriculture/gender-equality-in-agroecology-the-hidden-benefits/.
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