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Food Security (MSc) (2022 Entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

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

Skills from this degree

You will gain:

  • An understanding of current food production and distribution practices with an appreciation of how they can fail and ensuing health and policy issues
  • An ability to critically evaluate how constraints on crop production can change due to biotic and societal pressures
  • An ability to select and apply appropriate tools or techniques to tackle a food security question or problem
  • Transferable skills including team working, communicating with peers and sector specialists, organising, planning and oral presentation
  • Research skills including scientific report writing, conducting surveys, problem solving, data analysis and project work

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

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


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Core modules

  • Soil, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Project/Work Placement/Dissertation
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Climate Change
  • Organic and Low Input Systems
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Biosciences, Politics and Social Acceptability

Read more about our core modules on our Life Sciences website.


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecosystem Services
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Microbiomics and Metagenomics
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Strategy

Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. You can find the most up to date list on the Life Sciences website.

Teaching

You will be taught by a multidisciplinary teaching faculty including staff from Life Sciences and Warwick Business School, joined by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise.

Teaching is via facilitated sessions, including interactive lectures, short question and answer sessions and interactive workshops/tutorials and field visits. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis.


Class sizes

Class sizes for this course vary between 5 to 90 students.


Typical contact hours

Depending on the module contact hours vary between 15-25 per week.


Assessment

Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It typically includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work.

You will undertake an individual project during the third term and there is an option to undertake a work-based placement as part of your project. Your project/placement will be assessed by a seminar presentation and either a 15,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article.


Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.


Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

Your career

Graduates from the School of Life Sciences taught Masters courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Pfizer
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Eurofins Agroscience Services
  • Novartis
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Rothamstead Research
  • NGO Client Earth
  • Public Health England

They have pursued roles such as: research associate, science editor, regulatory affairs officer, marketing manager, business and financial project management professionals, environmental health professionals, agronomist, and climate change consultant.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Life Sciences Networking Event
  • Careers in Science
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mock Interviews for Life Sciences students
  • Interested in Careers in Scientific Publishing

Life Sciences at Warwick

Warwick Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence with more than 80% of our research rated as 'world leading or internationally excellent' in the REF 2014 assessment. Our focus is in excellent teaching and research with impact.

Find out more about us on our website


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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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