This master's in agriculture and environmental science develops your understanding of the interaction between agriculture and the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. It gives you the skills for a career related to:
- sustainability in farming systems
- environmental management
- rural development
The course consists of compulsory and optional modules. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests.
You'll be taught by industry-experienced and research-active lecturers. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on:
- soil science
- plant science
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
What you'll learn
You'll develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:
- sustainable development and environmental change
- quantitative techniques
- experimental design
- data analysis
- assessment of land use capability
- habitat potential
- risks of water pollution
- soil quality
- ecosystem services
- analysis, interpretation and presentation of field data
- science, policy and action underlying climate change and land use
You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme. The scheme is a framework that enables us to award postgraduate-level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
- Global Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
- Dynamics of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
- Research Dissertation Project
- Data Preperation, analysis, interpretationand presentation
- Academic and Professional Skills for MSc
- Principles and current topics in Agro-food economics & Policy
- Global Challenges: Biotech Solutions
- Geographicical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
- Ecosystem Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Habitat Monitoring and Assessment
- Assessing Agricultural Production Systems
How you'll learn
This course is taught in four-week teaching blocks.
You'll be taught through:
- practical and field classes
- case studies
- small group discussions
We expect you to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions.
We offer flexible learning for those already working in industry through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme. This framework enables us to award postgraduate-level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Written examination
- Written exercise
As part of your studies, you'll complete a major research project. It might be like projects you experience in the workplace. We'll support you in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. You'll collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis. Your research project and thesis may be based overseas.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Dr Hannah Davis is the Degree Programme Director and an experienced researcher in the area of ruminant nutrition and grazing management. Hannah's research aims to understand how dairy management practices affect milk quality, animal health and environmental impact with a view to optimising sustainable farming systems.
You can also view staff profiles related to research in Agricultural Production.
Our lecturers are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on:
- soil science
- plant science
- dairy and beef production
Our research spans a range of scales, from pot – plot – farm – landscape.
Strategic research embraces work on:
- soil quality
- rhizosphere function
- plant-soil feedback
- soil-carbon dynamics
- nutrient cycling
- sustainable livestock
Applied research addresses issues of:
- climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
- ecological (organic) farming systems
- low-input crop systems
- agriculture-environment interactions
Our Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc can help you develop a career in:
- sustainable farming systems
- environmental management
- rural development
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Our multi-purpose farms are viable farming businesses. We use them as demonstration facilities for teaching purposes. They also provide land-based research facilities.
Our facilities provide an open innovation platform enabling researchers to work with farmers, industry, and environmental and government stakeholders. Together, they develop innovative solutions for balancing sustainable global food production with a thriving rural economy and protection of the wider environment.
These research facilities help us to understand:
- the development and functioning of plant and animal hosts, pathogens and their interactions
- the complex biogeochemical functions of the soil
- crop and livestock health, welfare and productivity
- environmental impact
- interactions between the managed farm environment and the land-air-water interface
We use this fundamental knowledge to:
- integrate genomics, physiology and agronomy in molecular breeding approaches
- develop and optimise farming systems
We collect real data from a network of on-farm crop, soil, livestock and environmental sensors. We use this data to calibrate and validate the digital technologies and models that help us in our research and developments.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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