University of Warwick

University of Warwick

Food and Environmental Safety

Climate change and world population growth put pressure on governments, producers and consumers to plan ahead for food security. This course will give you an understanding of pressures and solutions contributing to global and local food security agendas. The course draws together critical components such as climate change, the role of biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, nutrition transition and urbanisation to prepare you for career paths in academic research and a wide range of public and commercial enterprises, government agencies, policy development and consultancy. Demand for well-qualified people to contribute to food production and the supply chain will increase in line with demand to double food production over the coming decades. Governments require experts who are able to contribute to policy creation and legislation. NGOs need people who work at the interface of natural and social science.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or equivalent; English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (iBT) 92, PTE 62, CAE 60+ or CPE.

Course modules

Core modules: Crop physiology and production (15 credits); advances in crop protection (20 credits); soil, water and mineral nutrition (10 credits); project/work placement (50 credits); environmental accounting and ecosystems services (15 credits); climate change (10 credits); challenges of global food security (10 credits); organic and low input systems (10 credits); optional modules: international environmental law (20 credits); the global food system (20 credits); critical issues in national and international food policy (20 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work. The project will be assessed by a seminar presentation and a thesis of up to 10,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 3,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 10,640 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL West Midlands

Key information

PG Admissions
Telephone number: 
02476 524585