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Agroecology and Food Security - MSc

Course Description

Food security is of critical concern globally, and the development of food systems that provide food of high quality and quantity in a sustainable way, is now a research and policy priority.

The MSc in Agroecology and Food Security is designed to equip professionals and graduates with the knowledge to critically analyse and assess the relationships between agroecological food production and management, farming systems, climate change economics and the environment.


Run by Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) whose mission is to create resilient food systems worldwide:
-Draws on the outstanding range of academic and practical expertise of CAWR staff plus world-renowned guest lecturers
-Is designed for students from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and from the natural and social sciences (e.g. previous experience of agriculture not necessary)
-Provides unique content in terms of its cutting edge focus on transforming the food system through alternative paradigms, concepts, and methodologies to enable real and equitable change
-Is based at the UK’s national centre for organic horticulture in 10 acres oforganic gardens


The course will provide you with the knowledge of the major agricultural production systems found in different parts of the world and the main theoretical approaches to understanding contemporary food systems.

The course covers a range of subject areas including:
-Food security
-Agroecological production systems
-Clean energy, climate and carbon
-Agroecological techniques and practices
-Stabilisation agriculture
-Management of natural and environmental hazards
-Environmental impact assessment
-Ecological management and assessment
-International environmental law
-Remote sensing and digital image analysis
-Project management

For each module, teaching normally takes the form of weekly 'face-to-face' contact at the University (including lectures, workshops, seminars and exercises) throughout each semester, with associated directed and self directed study, which may be undertaken off-campus.


All students undertake an individual research project, which may be associated with an appropriate organisation or company in the UK or overseas. Equipped with a detailed understanding of food systems and a range of appropriate practical skills your potential for employment will be strong.

Opportunities present themselves in national and international government agencies, non governmental policy, research and development organisations, the private sector including food companies and the farming sector.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Agroecology and Food Security - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Award - Single Award

This is an opportunity to obtain a fully funded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for students applying for a Master’s programme starting in September 2017. The scholarship is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for Master’s study, jointly supported by Coventry University.The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are an important element in Britain's International Development efforts, bringing professionals, who have already displayed outstanding talents, to study in the UK and build strong academic, professional and personal links and be able to contribute the skills attained to enhance the development of their home countries. Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered for selected taught Master’s courses, and are usually tenable for one year only. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Fees, bursary, flights and expenses as detailed on the CSC website


You must:- Hold a conditional offer to study at Coventry University in September 2017
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Be available to start your studies in the UK by September/October 2017
- By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
- Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK.

Application Procedure

You must make your application using the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS). The EAS will open for Shared Scholarship applications on 17 November 2016.Before applying, you must check with Coventry University for specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. You must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your chosen course at the University at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship. The CSC will not accept any scholarship applications that are not submitted via the EAS to Coventry University or applications directly from individuals.All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 29 March 2017 at the latest. The University may have its own closing date for applications which could be before 29 March 2017. For a full list of closing dates, see the terms and conditions.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

At least a Second Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or other qualification (which may be an appropriate professional development qualification), or considerable relevant work experience.

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