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5021F - Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc

Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc

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Start in: September 2022

Our master's in agriculture and environmental science can help you develop a career in sustainable farming systems, environmental management and rural development.

Overview

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
  • ecology

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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.

Modules

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.

How you'll learn

Your future

Our Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc can help you develop a career in:

  • sustainable farming systems
  • environmental management
  • rural development

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

NU Farms

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)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Julia Cooper
Degree Programme Director
Postgraduate Office
School of Natural and Environmental Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900
Email: snes.programme.enquiries@ncl.ac.uk

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