Consider the critical factors influencing global food security on Warwick's Food Security MSc. Join University of Warwick's School of Life Science, ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, in analysing the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation.
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.
- Soil, Sustainability and the Environment
- Advances in Crop Protection
- Project/Work Placement/Dissertation
- Environmental Accounting
- Climate Change
- Biosciences, Politics and Social Acceptability
- Organic and Low Input Systems
- Challenges of Global Food Security
Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:
- 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.
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.
Contact hours and class sizes
Depending on the module contact hours vary between 15-25 per week and class sizes vary between 5 to 90 students.
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.
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
Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.
Warwick alumni are also eligible for an additional School of Life Sciences 10% tuition fee discount.
All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximate cost of £600.
Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof coats/jackets and footwear.
Up to two SLS Excellence Scholarships may be awarded as a 50% reduction of course fees, across all Masters courses. Awards will be based on past academic achievement and experience, motivation for study, extracurricular activities and vision for the future.
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 and 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
There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.