Agriculture faces many challenges, not least coping with the rising demand for food, biofuel and other products by an increasing population combined with the demands for a more sustainable industry. Food security is key and requires the reconciliation of efficient production of food with reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.
About the course
The MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course examines agriculture activities and their potential to impact both positively and negatively on the environment. It explains how environmental management systems, environmental auditing, life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment can be used in the farm situation.
This course aims to use environmental management to deliver sustainable agricultural management. Students will gain a holistic understanding and the interdisciplinary training to identify on-farm environmental risks and the knowledge and skills needed to develop answers.
The two specialist core modules have been designed to ensure understanding of the issues, where the science is balanced with the practical demands of the farm/producer/grower. You will develop the expertise required for a career in research, development, policy, or within the advisory sector relating to sustainability in farming systems, the food supply chain, environmental management and rural development, or to apply there skills in agriculture.
Crop plants are prone to suffer the effects of pests, pathogens and weeds and these reduce crop productivity. The next generation of crop protection scientists need to be educated to undertake this task and the MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course also has two option modules in crop protection to enable this route to be followed if you want to pursue a career in applied biology, particularly in the area of crop protection science, peri-urban agriculture/horticulture and related areas.
The structure of the MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course is based on four core modules and a choice of five specialist modules, as well as a supervised research project related to the field of agriculture. Students will begin their studies, for both full-time and part time students, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems.
This course is available both full and part-time with intakes in September (Semester A) and January (Semester B). Full time study in Semester A takes 1 year. Full time study beginning in Semester B will take 15 months. Part time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete.
Why choose this course?
-Learn environmental skills to enable the delivery of sustainable agricultural production -Crop protection modules are available -BASIS points are available for specialist agriculture modules -Flexible modular structure enables students to study whilst working. This allows part-time student to not have to take more than 12 days off a year (if studying over 2/3 years) -Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessement (IEMA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) -Networking opportunities per module with lunch and refreshments provided within your fees -Learning resources such as textbooks will be provided within your fees
Three modules are accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for Associate membership (giving exemption from the Associate Entry Examination). Accreditation by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is being applied for. BASIS points are available for the specialised agriculture modules.
The MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course approach integrates blended learning, combining: -Face-to-face teaching and tutorials with online learning materials -Field and laboratory work -Easy contact with tutors -Online submission of assignments
All modules are delivered as intensive two or three day short courses that run primarily on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Full-time students attend tutorials in the weeks following a short course, receiving face-to-face support.
Part-time students attend courses at the University for only about eight working days a year. These students complete their assignments through making use of our outstanding virtual learning environment Studynet and keeping in remote contact with tutors. Students normally complete the part time course within two years but we give maximum of five years.
Our outstanding virtual learning environment Studynet will enable you to keep in remote contact with tutors and submit assignments online.
Assessment is primarily by assignments, often directly related to environmental management in the workplace or field. These can include reports, essays, seminars and online tests.
You have access to excellent University facilities including a field station, laboratories and state of the art Learning Resource Centres. Each module can be studied individually as a stand-alone course, please enquire for further details.
Core Modules -Agricultural Pollution and Mitigation -Foundation in Environmental Auditing -Integrated Farm Management -Management Skills for Environmental Management -Sustainability and Environmental Systems
Optional -Crop Pathogens, Pests and Weeds -Crop Protection; Principles & Practice -Ecology and Conservation -Environmental Management for Agriculture Individual Research Project -Integrated Waste and Pollution Management -Research Methods -Sustainability and Environmental Systems -Water Pollution Control