MSc Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

University of Sheffield    School of Biosciences

Full time September MSc 1 year full time 31 August 2022

About the course

This course will equip you with the knowledge needed to understand the challenges of sustainable agriculture and the skills to pursue an exciting career in the agronomy sector.

Course description

This course will give you a broad understanding of the agri-food system as a whole. You’ll learn about the major issues in sustainable agriculture and the cutting-edge techniques used in crop and soil science.

Guest environmental and sustainability speakers give seminars regularly, and you'll get the opportunity to gain work experience through placements with our industrial, government and NGO partners.

You’ll cover topics such as global food security, the origins of agriculture, and agricultural ecology in a changing world.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or a related subject.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £28,500

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Tilly Dixon

Degree: MRes Ecology and Environment

As part of her MRes Ecology and Environment research project, Tilly is investigating how the declining microbe content of soils will affect the resistance and resilience of grasses to extreme drought. Important research in response to the major challenge of climate change.

“For my research project I am exploring the relationship between two great challenges in the 21st century: climate change and agricultural intensification. I aim to investigate the relationship between the decline in soil microbe content of soils due to agriculture and how this will affect the resistance and resilience of grasses to extreme drought events predicted to increase with climate change.

“I get to work at the Arthur Willis Environmental Centre, where I can simulate plant growth conditions from different parts of the world, as well as introduce possible, future climate conditions. I also get to work with other cool pieces of technology, such as the respirometer machine, which measures the level of respiration from soil microbes, from which I can estimate microbial biomass.

“The course is fantastic as it gives you the freedom to follow your curiosity and explore your own ideas at great depths. My ability to think independently has improved massively, and I’ve developed a variety of new skills in science communication, research, and have even been taught how to apply for grants. Because of this, I feel more prepared for the future, as these skills are transferable and can be applied to real world situations.”

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