Organic Farming and Food Production Systems MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000
International: full time £15,490

More information is available about Tuition Fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme aims to provide you with an in depth specialisation in organic farming and food production systems through the integrated delivery of soil, crop and livestock, and food supply chain management approaches.

A combination of lectures, field courses, seminars, practical classes and research projects allows you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in:

  • managing organic farming and food production units/businesses in different macroclimatic, agronomic and market contexts
  • agronomic approaches used in organic/ biological/ ecological/ sustainable food production systems
  • underlying principles and standards of organic/ biological/ ecological/ sustainable food production, processing and retailing/marketing systems
  • applied and strategic research underpinning the development of organic and other sustainable farming and food production systems
  • a wide range of analytical laboratory methods

Students will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day field course as part of the module on Mediterranean perennial crop production systems in Crete, Greece. The field trip is organised in collaboration with ecological farming experts from the Greek National Science Foundation (NAGREF).

This programme is currently the only specialised MSc programme on Organic/Ecological farming in England. Sessions are delivered at Newcastle University with many practical sessions and seminars at the University’s Nafferton Experimental Farm, where a range of unique long term agronomic experiments are available for MSc projects.


Students undertake an individual research project and dissertation. The dissertation can be carried out: at Newcastle University; in industry;  in Crete as part of existing NEFG Research and Development projects; or in another country.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2013 entry should apply by Friday 12 July 2013 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Teresa Jordan
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone: +44 (0) 1661 830 222

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Agriculture.