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This programme provides an integrated understanding of ecology and environmental science with social and economic considerations in agricultural systems.

Learn from researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide, as you develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems.

You will gain experience in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science, as well as plan, manage and conduct an in-depth field and/or lab-based independent research project.

You will participate in a one-week field trip visiting a range of different organisations in the sector, giving you a broad exposure to future potential employers and potential job roles. We also hope to be able to offer placements at a variety of locally situated organisations for students to be able to conduct their research projects.

You will have access to the University’s Crops Research Unit at Sonning Farm, which has facilities to support field plot experiments on all temperate arable and forage crops within a dedicated 12 ha, irrigable field site and supporting laboratory and teaching facilities.

Access is also granted to the University’s Crop and Environment Laboratory (CEL), comprising of 2500 m2 of heated glasshouses, with climate controlled and factorial houses, controlled environment growth cabinets, and a protected field plot experimental area.

For 2019/20, all postgraduate students enrolling in to GIIDAE will have the opportunity to enrol into the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme. For more information, please see: http://www.ifstal.ac.uk/

You will have access to the University’s internet, printing and scanning facilities, and a full range of statistical and econometric software. There are excellent opportunities for research, networking and personal development within each programme, as well as access to first-class study resources and employability support.

Research students are also a member of the Graduate School which is the hub for all doctoral research activity across the University. The Graduate School aims to provide support to this community, to complement the support and expertise provided by home Schools.

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Research methods in agriculture, ecology and environment
  • Research project in agriculture, ecology and environment
  • Issues in agriculture, ecology and environment

Optional modules include:

  • Ecosystem services
  • Principles of integrated pest management
  • Climate change and food systems
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Agriculture in the tropics
  • Water, agriculture and irrigation
  • Carbon and global change
  • Laboratory analysis of soils and pollutants
  • Invertebrate Survey and Assessment

What career can you have?

Graduates are expected to have employment opportunities in a wide range of organisations engaged in the agricultural and ecological sectors. These include government agencies, private and nationally funded research institutes, non-governmental organisations, charities, agrochemical companies, media and private sector consultancies. We also envisage that some graduates will go on to pursue a PhD programme.


Visit the Agriculture, Ecology and Environment MSc by Research page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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