Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Increasingly large swathes of the globe are beset by resource constraints and environmental uncertainty, which requires a radical shift in our production and consumption habits. This course will equip you with the specialised knowledge and skills that are urgently needed by governments, NGOs and commercial companies as they respond to some of today's biggest challenges. If you are driven by a desire to shape public and political attitudes, this is the ideal environment in which to develop a strategic and operational mind-set in a way that will expand your own opinions and those of global decision-makers. You will delve into critical issues such as the human exploitation of the Earth's resources, poverty alleviation and food security, the ethical and cultural implications of policy development, the ecological basis for sustainable agricultural development, and critical capacity building approaches.

Entry requirements

MSc: An Honours degree at upper second level. Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview with the course manager. IELTS: For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award.

Course modules

Modules 4002 Agriculture 4040 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water 4075 Research Project 4081 Agricultural and Rural Policy 4201 Poverty and Food Security 4250 International Rural Development Plus a choice of THREE elective modules: 4082 Natural Resource Management 4083 Climate Change and Development 4202 Sustainable Agricultural Intensification 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply 4238 Integrated Organic Systems

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on team projects, including production of a magazine and organisation of a national conference.

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Agricultural University GL7 6JS South West

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