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Food Security - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local food production with imports and consider environmental and economic impact.

This MSc considers the critical factors influencing global food security including the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation.

Core Modules:
Core modules typically include:

  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
  • Project/Work Placement/Dissertation
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Climate Change
  • Organic & Low Input Systems
  • Challenges of Global Food Security

Optional Modules:
Optional modules typically include:

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

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


Teaching is typically by interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis.


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.

Graduate Destinations:

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Ricardo-AEA; Gouria Agricultural Ventures Ltd; Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: NGO work on sustainable agro-nutrition; Analyst Consultant for Air Quality. Other graduates have progressed on to PhD programmes.

Work Experience Opportunities:

Students can choose to undertake a work placement for their project module, subject to availability at a suitable host organisation. Past placements include The Eden Project, Sustain Ltd and Real IPM Kenya.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study

School of Life Sciences

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £24,640 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £12,320 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.