Agriculture for Sustainable Development, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Seize the opportunity to make a global difference
  • Learn from the integration of natural, social and economic sciences
  • A teaching and learning programme delivered by research active scientists
  • Learn about the fundamentals of agriculture and how such knowledge can be applied to innovate and contribute to sustainable food production

Overview

Overview

Why study with us?

Make a global difference with our Master's in Agriculture for Sustainable Development: integrating natural, social and economic sciences, you'll gain a firm grounding in research methods of sustainable agricultural systems, using case studies of real projects.

Our class sizes are ideally small, allowing you to engage with your tutors who are experts in their field. Their cutting-edge research informs the course design and gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding and develop your career.

Why this MSc?

Food security and the role of agriculture in stimulating economic growth are key issues in international development in today's challenging global environment. Globally, food production needs to increase by 50% over the coming 2–3 decades to feed a growing world population, while at the same time reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural production. This programme focuses on agriculture in developing countries and draws on our unrivalled pool of expertise in issues of crop and livestock production, pest and disease management, agricultural marketing, biotechnology, biosecurity and agroforestry. The programme is focussed around providing students with the key concepts needed to address these issues, learning from real case studies delivered by experts who are actively implementing sustainable agriculture projects around the world.

Where will I study?

You will be based at the University of Greenwich, Medway Campus in Kent, where you will benefit from the expert knowledge within the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), a prize-winning research and teaching institute specialising in food, environment, agriculture and sustainable development.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree (at least 2.2 or above)

OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What people say

"My time at NRI was a great experience, for both personal and career development. One of my favourite things about the programme was the mixture of students from all over the world. I was able to learn from both my peers and lecturers, on topics ranging from Tanzanian biofuel projects to crop protection in Oman! My project supervisors were flexible and knowledgeable and provided great mentorship throughout the year. Each course included a wide variety of lecturers, pulling material from their individual areas of expertise and research programmes, which made for interesting and varied learning. 

Shortly after finishing my MSc, I was offered an Agricultural Scientist position in Canada working in the same area as my independent research project, which would not have been possible without a graduate degree. I am very happy I chose to study at NRI, and would 100% recommend the programme to those looking to advance their education and surround themselves with agricultural change-makers." 

MSc Agriculture for Sustainable student

Extra information

Assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of: 

  • Assignments 
  • Essays 
  • Presentations
  • Reports 
  • Portfolios 
  • Formal examinations

Careers

This programme provides specialist expertise for those working or seeking to work in agricultural development or research, or pursuing an advanced agricultural or development qualification in the UK and overseas. Students graduate with a broad general knowledge of agricultural applications in sustainable development and also more focused in-depth knowledge.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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