Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local and national production with imports and consider the environmental and economic impact of their policies. This MSc draws together critical components such as the contribution of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, nutrition transition and urbanisation. The course will appeal if you want to influence global food security and enjoy contributing to cutting-edge research.
The course is science-led, but includes options in business, social sciences and international environmental law, which provide insight to contemporary food production systems. You’ll undertake seven core modules (Crop Physiology & Production; Advances in Crop Protection; Soil, Water & Plant Mineral Nutrition; Climate Change; Environmental Accounting; Organic & Low Input Systems; Challenges of Global Food Security) and up to three further optional modules. You’ll also undertake a laboratory- or desk-based project or a placement at a host organisation.
You’ll leave prepared for a career in a wide range of public and commercial enterprises such as government agencies, NGOs, food businesses and consultancies related to food production and the supply chain.
MSc Food Security
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Graduated with Distinction in 2013 Winner of class Prize
First Degree: Environmental Science
First job after graduating: Analyst consultant at Ricardo-AEA
What was the best thing about the MSc?
The best thing about the MSc was the modules, a wide range of topics were covered and there was lots of interaction with the other two courses which was very helpful for gaining additional knowledge in other related areas. The support from the lecturers was superb, especially when it came to dissertation supervision.
What have you gained from your time at Warwick?
“The MSc greatly improved my written and oral communication skills. The regular presentations seemed scary to start but gave me the opportunity to refine my skills and become more confident and improve with a friendly audience. The course also gave me a level of professionalism from my experience undertaking a placement, as I was given an insight into the running of a small business working on food waste. In terms of knowledge, I now have a much wider understanding of all things related to food security and as a result my skills gained from Warwick helped with getting my current job.
What is your current job?
I am an Analyst Consultant at Ricardo-AEA, working on projects related to agriculture and food waste, which was the focus of my thesis. I work with the Agriculture team within the Air Quality and Environment division but also contribute to work carried out by the Resource Efficiency and Waste Management division.
As a recent graduate from the Food Security MSc course I was uncertain what to do with my immediate future; the course and particularly my research placement with The Eden Project in Cornwall taught me that I would only have job satisfaction if I was working with food, and people.
I was lucky enough to have contacts in Kenya and following up on this I arranged a three-month volunteer placement with Real Impact, an NGO based in Thika working on sustainable agro-nutrition. My project focussed on vertical bag gardens; growing upwards to save on land and water resources to produce leafy vegetable crops such as kale and spinach.
This voluntary placement has led into a full time job which I will return to begin in February 2013. I will be assisting to lead the NGO in developing new training on sustainable agronomy, nutrition, alternative energy and livelihoods. We will also be enhancing our research and development trials to determine optimal agronomy protocols, including bag gardens, whilst at the same time making our farm profitable through sales of vegetable produce, worms and worm bins from our vermiculture units.
What drives me the most in this job is that I am working in one of the areas where the need is greatest; our trials and training are disseminated to the local farming community directly. Whilst there are problems managing an NGO in Kenya that wouldn’t occur in the UK, there is real benefit to the way people produce food here, ultimately enhancing household food and nutrition security, boosting yields for sale and increasing household income.
The Scholarship Award will be deducted from tution fee charges.
Value of Scholarship(s)
These Scholarships are available to UK students only who are in receipt of an offer to study on the following Life Sciences taught masters course at the University of Warwick.◾Food Security ◾Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century ◾Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate.
To apply for a scholarship please download the application form (available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/study/pgt/funding/lsscholarships and return it to: [email protected] the application form please provide the details requested and explain: ◾Why you have chosen to study your particular course ◾How the receipt of this award would make a difference to you ◾What your aspirations are in terms of your future career and how this relates to the future success of the agri-food sector.The closing date for applications is 31st July 2016. Applicants will be short-listed and those on the short-list will be asked to take part in a telephone or Skype interview in the week beginning 8th August. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date.