Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel. This MSc will provide you with knowledge and practical skills focused on how crops are improved, grown and managed. You’ll gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset.
Through lectures, small-group interactive workshops, practicals, tutorials, field and site visits, you’ll learn the principles of crop production and explore the latest advances in integrated pest, disease and weed management. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of the soil for nutrition and water uptake, modern techniques of plant breeding, and how crop trials are designed and analysed. You’ll undertake eight core modules: -Crop Physiology & Production -Advances in Crop Protection -Soil, Water & Plant Mineral Nutrition -Climate Change -Organic & Low Input Systems -Cereal, Oilseed & Root Crop Agronomy -Introduction to BASIS – Crop Protection -Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration, and up to two further options.
You’ll also complete a dissertation based on a placement at a host organisation or on a topic related to sustainable crop production that interests you.
Our graduates have taken jobs in technical agronomy, crop trialing and agricultural consultancy for industry specialists such as Bayer Crop Science, Agrovista and Agrinig (Nigeria). They’ve also progressed to leading roles in marketing, sales, policy development and professional consultancy.