This MSc combines the principles of sustainable development with an examination of the various systems of food production in the context of providing a secure supply to meet the ever-changing requirements of a growing world population.
This course is ideal for those looking for a career in production, policy, and sustainable development focusing on food or resource consumption in agriculture.
The principal aim is to enable you to gain the specialised knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to contribute effectively and ethically to strategic decision making, opinion forming and operational management for the sustainable development of agricultural and food supply systems.
The following themes underpin the course: • Human exploitation of the Earth's resources and the global implications of human development • The ecological basis for sustainable natural resource utilisation, including agriculture • The role and function of local, national and global institutions, policies and conventions in relation to development, resource exploitation, social, cultural, ethical and inter-generation considerations • The application of development paradigms, models and tools to build capacity within communities, institutions and individuals
The course may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.
You will study five core modules and three elective modules, followed by the Research Project on a topic related to one of the key themes of the course. The Research Project is introduced in January to be carried out over the summer and submitted at the end of September. It will be presented as a review of the topic and as a research paper.
In addition to lectures, you will participate in case studies, seminars and management projects. This approach fosters teamwork and complements individual study and student learning.
You will gain a broader understanding of relevant issues through knowledge acquisition, intellectual enquiry, debate, and team/individual research. The course will provide a learning environment that encourages you to explore factors influencing sustainability while at the same time reflecting on your own actions and attitudes, and those of others. Furthermore, several team projects are developed throughout the course, which include: production of a magazine or podcast and organisation of a national conference.
There are two entry points to the programme, either in September or in January.
Students will study four modules in the autumn term followed by four modules in the spring term, and complete their Research Project by the end of September.
Students will study four modules in the spring term, complete their Research Project by the end of September, and study four modules in the autumn term.
• 4038a Integrated Agricultural Systems • 4040 Sustainable Management of Soil and Water • 4075 Research Project • 4080 Development Project Management • 4081 Agricultural and Rural Policy • 4201 Poverty and Food Security
Plus choice of THREE elective modules:
• 4202 Sustainable Agricultural Intensification • 4203 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply • 4082 Natural Resource Management • 4083 Climate Change and Development • 4084 Tourism and Development • 4238 Integrated Organic Systems
Modules will be taught in 10 week blocks.
MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security graduates have gone on to enter production, policy, and research and consultancy careers in the agricultural and food quality sector, within:
• International organisations • Government departments • NGOs • Research institutes • Universities • Commercial companies worldwide
Deadline for applicationsApplications and all supporting information must be received by the University by the 15th August 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to £3,000 pa
These scholarships (paid as a tuiton fee waiver) will be available to all new RAU undergraduate and postgraduate students, both full and part-time, who live and/or have within the last two years studied within a 25 mile radius of Cirencester (not previously at the RAU) and who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and motivation to succeed by means of their Programme and Scholarship applications and supporting references. We will take into account academic and community achievements, past, present and potential, as well as overcoming hardship.
You need to apply by using the online application form, together with supporting evidence. Please download and ask your referee to complete the Scholarship reference form; the referee should be your most recent school/university tutor or employer. We do not accept references from family members. Please note Scholarship applications cannot be considered without a satisfactory reference. Additional information may be requested at a later date
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are offered by the UK government funded Commonwealth Scholarship Commission(CSC)(DFID Department for International Development) in partnership with UK universities including the RAU. These scholarships are available to students from Commonwealth developing countries who do not have the financial means to undertake postgraduate Master’s level study in the UK. A Commonwealth Shared Scholarship covers: Fees Maintenance costs Return flights Dissertation grant Study travel grant (if applicable) Arrival allowance
Value of Scholarship(s)
See full details below
Hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree Nationals of a Commonwealth country Hold an offer from RAU in one of the courses listed. Further detailed information on the RAU website for postgraduate funding
How to applyApplicants must state in their RAU programme application that they will apply for the CSS.Applications of EOI for the CSS to RAU are now closed.The CSS form can be found here.N.B. You will only be asked to complete the CSS Electronic Application System form (EAS) if you are shortlisted by us to apply for the Scholarship.
Honours degree at upper second level.Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered, following personal interview with the Course Manager. applicants whose first language is not English: we will accept (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. If you have other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, you are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of your award for entry onto the course.
Recipient: Royal Agricultural University
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