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Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel and this course provides you with knowledge and practical skills in crop management and crop improvement. You will gain a combination of practical expertise and academic understanding to develop key skills.

You will learn the principles of crop production, including the latest advances in pant pathology, integrated pest management and soil health.

Core Modules:
Core modules typically include:

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

Optional Modules:
Optional modules typically include:

  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Challenges in Global Food Security
  • 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 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 typically 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: Bayer Crop Sciences, Agrovista; Eurofins; Agrinig; University of Warwick

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Senior Field Technician; Regional Technical Agronomist; Trainee Agronomist; Crop Trialist; Agronomist and Agricultural Consultant.

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, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and DOW AgroSciences.

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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.