Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip, PGCert Full Time: 1 year, Part Time: 2years/3years

About the course

The course

On a national and international scale there is an increasing need to reconcile the need for increased food production with the need for conservation of natural resources. There is also a need for people to understand and deal with complex land situations such as within agricultural systems. This course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied agro-ecology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, the increased and shifting needs for food production and on the other the need for conservation and management of natural resources. Sustainable food production and sustainable intensification are of high policy importance both nationally and internationally. Agro-ecology is a key aspect of sustainable intensification.

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Entry Requirements

We judge all candidates on their individual merits, but generally the minimum requirements for postgraduate courses is an honours degree (at least a 2:2 or equivalent) or HND with experience, or equivalent. These requirements may be relaxed in respect of cognate degrees or for non-graduates with extensive, relevant professional experience (which demonstrates the outcomes that a Bachelor's degree with honours would have, as stipulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2008).

 Course Content

Where will I study?

Where is Harper Adams University


Student Profile(s)

Beth Williams

Beth Williams, 23, received the first Organic Farmers & Growers Scholarship, dedicated to the memory of late OF&G Director Bill Allen.

Studying Countryside Management at honours degree level, including a voluntary placement year working with Shropshire Wildlife Trust heightened Beth’s interests in engagement, education and widening participation in the agricultural sector.

Beth, from Edgmond, near Newport, explained: “My motivation to study the MSc Agro-ecology stemmed from my passion and interest for the topics covered during my degree in Countryside and Environmental Management at Harper Adams. The concepts of integrated land management and the issue of UK food security were my main interests during the second year of my studies.

“Then the final year of study confirmed my passion for engaging people with the need to balance the use of natural resources with the ability to feed the global population.

“Importantly, I felt that the broad scope of the MSc Agro-ecology course would enable me to pursue my ultimate career aspirations; to work in an educational capacity with organisations such as the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board to make a positive difference on the way people engage with the UK farming industry.

“I am incredibly grateful to Organic Farmers & Growers for awarding me the scholarship. The support not only relieves financial pressure to enable me to achieve my full academic potential but is also allowing me to undertake education facilitator certificates with organisations such as the National Farmers Union and education charity Farming and Countryside Education, which will help me to undertake a role in educational engagement in the future.”


In 1972 the Horticultural Industry subscribed to a fund in memory of Eric Gardener C.B.E. who for many years was very involved with the National Farmers Union (NFU).

The Eric Gardener Memorial Fund aims to improve British Horticulture mainly by promoting, encouraging and supporting education, research and experimental or development work.

The fund has supported a wide range of projects. It has helped those attending conferences and studies both at home and abroad. It has given money for the promotion of horticulture as a career and even helped to encourage the consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Our last award was given to a student doing PhD research on the propagation phase of strawberry production who attended an International Strawberry Symposium in Quebec in 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Eric Gardener Memorial Fund aims to improve British Horticulture mainly by promoting, encouraging and supporting education, research and experimental or development work.

Application Procedure

If anyone is interested in applying for funding for a suitable activity they should write to:

The Secretary of the Eric Gardener Memorial Fund
Agriculture House
Stoneleigh Park

The successful scholarship recipient will receive an award valued at up to £4,000 for the academic year that they study on campus at the University.

The scholarship will be payable in two equal parts; half to be paid in February 2020 and the balance in May 2020. Payment is conditional on the scholar remaining registered as a full time student at Harper Adams. They must pass all modules of study and submit at least one written report to the Development Trust prior to the receipt of their second payment.

This is a competitive award which will be evaluated on the merit of the submitted application, along with academic achievements to date and interview. The decision of The Bill Allen Memorial Scholarship Panel is FINAL and they reserve the right to withdraw their award at any time should they feel this action is required.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must have been offered a conditional or unconditional place on the MSc Agro-ecology programme at Harper Adams University
You must be starting your studies in Autumn 2019
Have achieved, or expected to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree at the point of application. If an applicant is awaiting their degree results at the point of application, the award may be offered conditionally upon confirmation of the applicant achieving a 2:1 Honours degree or higher

Application Procedure

Apply via The Harper Adams University Development Trust

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