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 best thing about the MSc was the modules - a wide range of topics covered and lots of interaction. The support from the lecturers was superb - especially when it came to dissertation supervision - could not be faulted at all. I was also able to answer a lot of the 'technical' questions in interview due to my knowledge gained at Warwick during modules as well as the research project.
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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.
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).
- Crop Physiology and Production
- Advances in Crop Protection
- Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
- Environmental Accounting
- Climate Change
- Challenges of Global Food Security
- Organic and Low Input Systems
- Project/Work Placement
(Availability dependent on demand)
International Environmental Law
- Biological Invasions in Changing Climates
- Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
- Microbiomics & Metagenomics
- 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.
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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Shihuang Fu 2017/18
SLS Excellence Scholarship Student
First Degree: Food Quality and Safety
Javeria Hashmi 2014/15
First Degree: BBA Business Administration & Masters in Economics
Current job: Programme Manager & Food Security Advisor, Human Appeal UK
The nest thing about the MSc was the good mix between the natural and social sciences. With a Masters in Economics and experience in the INGO sector, I wanted to learn more about the science behind food security, which the staff and the facilities i.e. labs allowed me to learn. Secondly the staff were very cooperative and always encouraged and rewarded a learning attitude. The university has been all in all amazing with a wonderful library and other activities going on alongside the main academic schedule. If I was asked would I do it again...my answer would be yes!
First job after graduating: Analyst consultant at Ricardo-AEA
Current job: Consultant at Anthesis Group
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/.