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Sustainable Agriculture


Course Description

The course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the sustainability issues associated with Northern European agriculture, and is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams.

Having completed the MSc you will be able to identify farming systems and determine their key characteristics, and critically evaluate the environmental impacts of conventional, integrated and organic farming systems. You will also learn to assess and exploit the latest developments in technology, and produce integrated farm management solutions that pay due regard to agronomic, social and environmental requirements.

The course

The continuing production of safe, wholesome food in an environmentally sensitive manner is a major political issue for national governments and internationally within global commodity markets. A report produced by the UK Cabinet Office in 2008 (Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century) predicts that the global population will rise to 9 billion by 2050 rising from a current estimate of nearly 6.8Bn. This increase in population size will substantially increase the demand for food. The global estimates vary in magnitude, but it is thought approximately 25% of crops are lost to pests and diseases, such as insects, fungi and other plant pathogens (FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation 2009)

In a 2009 response to the emerging issues centred on global food security, the UK BBRSC launched a consultation exercise entitled Future Directions in Research Relating to Food Security. In seeking responses as to the direction of future research BBSRC identified a number of key themes. These included the:
■ Translation of research into commercial practice and the creation of effective partnerships to enable exchange of knowledge and development of skills in the uptake of new scientific findings
■ Establishment of require long-term programmes in research and training, underpinned by investment in the agricultural research infrastructure
■ Focus on applying the latest science to increasing crop and animal productivity globally while minimising negative environmental impact (including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the efficient use of water, energy and other inputs, conserving biodiversity and landscapes), reducing losses from pests and diseases, enhancing food safety and quality for improved nutrition, and reducing waste throughout the food supply chain.

This course is intended to provide students with a key understanding of the issues involved in the sustainable production of food in accordance with the themes outlined above and is underpinned by an extensive programme of associated research at Harper Adams.

How will it benefit me?

The course provides an overview of the key issues involved in sustainable agricultural production within a global context. Since there is a focus on the underlying scientific principles, the course is suited to students of all nationalities in addition to those from the UK. Initially, you will learn to identify global farming systems and determine their key characteristics, before undertaking more complex evaluations of conventional and integrated or organic farming systems. You will undertake training in the use of the latest resources and use these to produce global integrated farm management solutions that pay due regard to agronomic, social, economic and environmental requirements. You will also have the option of undertaking a case study module where you will be able to focus exclusively on farming system of relevance to your background or intended career destination. The research project will provide training in the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of appropriate experiments or surveys to address research questions or problems relevant to sustainable agriculture.

Careers

Students have typically entered a wide variety of professions. Some have worked for government departments and agencies such as Natural England or the Environment Agency. Others have joined agrochemical companies or found positions within agricultural or environmental consultancies.

Visit the Sustainable Agriculture page on the Harper Adams University website for more details!

Student Profiles
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Barham Benevolent Foundation Scholarships - Single Award

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming soom

Eligibility

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Application Procedure

The Barham Benevolent Foundation offer a fully funded scholarship restricted to UK and other EU students studying a one year fill time postgraduate course at Harper Adams whose dissertation is in an area relating to the dairy sector.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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David Miller Travel Bursary Award - 2 Awards

Applications are invited for the 2013 David Miller Travel Bursary Award.

The David Miller Award aims to give two young horticulturists or plant scientists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. Applicants should be in the second or final year of a higher education qualification (BSc, HND, Kew Diploma etc) or studying for an MSc or PhD. Applicants should be students registered for courses in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

The recipient will receive a £250 cash prize and Eden Friends membership for three years.

The award is intended to supplement, rather than wholly finance, a journey.

Applicants should submit a 500 word statement setting out the purpose which the Award will be put towards.

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday 15th April 2013

For further information please go to the David Miller Award page on the SCI website: David-Miller-Award

Please send your application to the SCI awards team: [email protected]
Award winners will be notified in May 2013

Sponsors: SCI, VHB Herbs and Eden Project

Value of Scholarship(s)

250

Eligibility

two young horticulturists or plant scientists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. Applicants should be in the second or final year of a higher education qualification (BSc, HND, Kew Diploma etc) or studying for an MSc or PhD. Applicants should be students registered for courses in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a 500 word statement setting out the purpose which the Award will be put towards.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Jack Wright Memorial Trust Travel Scholarships - Single Award

The Trustees also administer an award of £500 on behalf of the United Kingdom Irrigation Association (http://www.ukia.org). The focus of this must be an aspect of irrigation likely to benefit the UK irrigation industry. This Scholarship is usually awarded separately but, in special circumstances, may be added to the Jack Wright Memorial Trust award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

One or more scholarships, with a maximum value of up to £1750, are awarded each year to support young people wishing to travel overseas to study any aspect of water management in agriculture, including irrigation and water resources. This is an exciting opportunity from which many recipients have benefited in the past

Application Procedure

The successful applicants will have prepared a well thought out and costed proposal, which highlights how they, and the wider community, will benefit from the award.Short-listed candidates will be asked to defend their proposal at interview in London. For further details contact: John Gowing
Secretary, Jack Wright Memorial Trust
c/o School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
University of Newcastle,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Email: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary - Single Award

Making a real difference to the future of Agriculture

In 2013 rural insurer NFU Mutual is once again offering the Centenary Award for postgraduate students in agriculture. The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected post graduate students in agriculture (Masters or PhD). The Centenary Award is a long-term scheme, run by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, and was launched in 2010 to celebrate the 100th birthday of NFU Mutual. The award is open to students from the UK who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK starting in Autumn 2012.

To select the students the judging panel will be looking for applicants who are not only excellent academic performers, but are also committed to the future of agriculture. The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has specifically identified three topic areas of interest for eligible students:
■Sustainable agriculture
■Climate change and agriculture
■International agricultural development

In 2011 six students were awarded with a bursary:
■Simon Haley: MSc International Agribusiness and Farm Management
■Amanda Wilson: PhD Investigation into agriculture and small mammals
■Richard Van Neste: MSc Conservation and Rural Development
■Emma Bridge: MSc Integrated Pest Management
■Jack Bell: MSc Rural Estate Management
■Hannah Sims: MSc Rural Social Science Research

Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the award in 2013 should contact [email protected] to request further details and an application form. The closing date for applications relating to courses starting Autumn 2013 is 30th April 2013.

Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:
http://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about/company-information/charitable-trust/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming Soon

Eligibility

The award is open to students from the UK who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK.

Application Procedure

Further information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website:
http://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about/company-information/charitable-trust/

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Postgrad Solutions Ltd Bursaries - 10 Awards

Last year Postgrad Solutions Ltd increased the number of £500 bursaries on offer to postgraduate students from six to ten in an attempt to help relieve the pressure of the gloomy economic climate. The bursaries were open to any student starting a postgraduate course in September/October 2010. There were 423 applicants from all over the world, and the ten lucky students have now been chosen. The winners are from countries ranging from Peru to Pakistan, and the USA to Zimbabwe, and there are even a couple from the UK!

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

As the credit crunch is still in full swing, Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering the same opportunity of a £500 bursary to ten students starting postgraduate courses in September/October 2011. Payment of the award will be made directly to the institution, and will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for a bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place at their chosen institution. The closing date for all entries is 18th August 2011.

Application Procedure

Applying
For further information and to apply for this bursary please visit the Postgrad Solutions Ltd website:
http://www.postgrad.com/editorial/bursaries A panel of judges will select the winners on the basis of who they feel are the most deserving cases based on what they have written in their application

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) Nuffield Scholarship scheme - Single Award

The Nuffield Scholarship application criteria for entry can be found at: http://www.nuffieldscholar.org

Value of Scholarship(s)

Coming soon

Eligibility

There is an excellent opportunity to apply for an external scholarship from the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) Nuffield Scholarship scheme

Application Procedure

"PGRO/BEPA and the vining pea sectors would be delighted to endorse and support any application made which was legume related, and also to help a candidate formulate a project which would be of maximum relevance to the UK industry. In this way the person completing it successfully would have the best opportunity to find future long-term employment".
Salvador Potter
Chief Executive
PGRO

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Professional Postgraduate Scholarship - Business - Single Award

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

The successful candidate will normally be expected to possess at least an upper second class honours degree and relevant industry experience.

Applications must be submitted to:
Heather Hogan
Taught Postgraduate Administrator
Harper Adams University College
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5289

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

A scholarship is available to a full time or part time student admitted to one of the following programmes of study at Harper Adams University

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter. The successful candidate will normally be expected to possess at least an upper second class honours degree and relevant industry experience.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Professional Postgraduate Scholarship - Farm and Agri-business Management - Single Award

The value of the scholarship will be £1,000, available in 2011/12 only, with £500 payable following registration with the University College in September 2011 and the remaining £500 payable upon successful completion of the first year of studies in July 2012.

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

The successful candidate will normally be expected to possess at least an upper second class honours degree and relevant industry experience.

Applications must be submitted to:
Heather Hogan
Taught Postgraduate Administrator
Harper Adams University College
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5289

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

A scholarship is available to a full or part time part time student admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Farm and Agri-business Management at Harper Adams University

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Professional Postgraduate Scholarship - Land Management - Single Award

The value of the scholarship will be £1,000, available in 2011/12 only, with £500 payable following registration with the University College in September 2011 and the remaining £500 payable upon successful completion of the first year of studies in July 2012.

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What benefit you feel will be gained from combining part time study with work.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

Applications must be submitted to:
Heather Hogan
Taught Postgraduate Administrator
Harper Adams University College
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5289

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

A scholarship is available to a student admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management at Harper Adams University

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What benefit you feel will be gained from combining part time study with work.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Professional Postgraduate Scholarship - Sustainable Agriculture/Crop Protection and Agronomy - 2 Awards

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter.

The successful candidates will normally be expected to possess at least an upper second class honours degree and relevant industry experience.

Applications must be submitted to:
Heather Hogan
Taught Postgraduate Administrator
Harper Adams University College
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5289

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

Two scholarships are available to full time or part time students admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Sustainable Agriculture or Crop Protection and Agronomy at Harper Adams University

Application Procedure

In order to apply, please submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study your chosen course.
■What modules in your chosen programme, if any, are of particular interest to you and why.
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Applications must be submitted as a word processed document in hard copy. Please also include a CV (no more than two sides) providing name, address and academic results, together with a covering letter. The successful candidates will normally be expected to possess at least an upper second class honours degree and relevant industry experience.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Harper Adams Club Postgraduate Scholarship - Single Award

Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

Application Procedure

The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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The HDC Integrated Pest Management Scholarship - Single Award

The Horticultural Development Council (HDC) will fund three bursaries each of £5,000 to support the MSc Integrated Pest Management course. Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Integrated Pest Management
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Please also include a recent CV in your application.

Payment of the award to successful candidates will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for the bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place on the MSc Integrated Pest Management at Harper Adams University. The closing date for all entries is 11th August 2013.

Please send applications to:

Professor Simon Leather
Professor of Entomology
Crop and Environment Sciences Department
Harper Adams University
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB

T: +44 (0)1952 815488
E: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

study Integrated Pest Management

Application Procedure

Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Integrated Pest Management
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Please also include a recent CV in your application.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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The Royal Entomological Society - 3 Awards

The Royal Entomological Society will fund three bursaries each of £4,000 to support the MSc Entomology course. Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Entomology
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals.

Please also include a recent CV in your application.

Payment of the award to successful candidates will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for the bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place on the MSc Entomology at Harper Adams. The closing date for all entries is 11th August 2013.

Please send applications to:

Professor Simon Leather
Professor of Entomology
Crop and Environment Sciences Department
Harper Adams University
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB

T: +44 (0)1952 815488
E: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

4000

Eligibility

The Royal Entomological Society will fund three bursaries each of £4,000 to support the MSc Entomology course. Candidates should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:
■Why you have selected to study Entomology
■What modules in the course are of particular interest to you and why
■What difference the receipt of the scholarship would make in the pursuit of your goals. Please also include a recent CV in your application

Application Procedure

Please send applications to: Professor Simon Leather
Professor of Entomology
Crop and Environment Sciences Department
Harper Adams University
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB T: +44 (0)1952 815488
E: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12


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Trees in the Farmed Environment MRes Studentship - Single Award

Applications are invited for a 12 month fully-funded studentship for a research Masters degree (MRes).Research Project Title: Designing and Implementing a Research Programme to Monitor and Evaluate the Role of Trees on Farms (Supervisor: Jim Waterson; Funded by Woodland Trust).Further information can be found on Harper Adams University at http://www.harper-adams.ac.ukand on Negotiated Studies MRes at http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/postgraduate/201027/negotiated-studiesFor informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Viv Slann, Research Students Administrator ([email protected]). For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Supervisor named above through the staff directory: http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/staff/photo-directory.cfmThe studentship includes tuition and bench fees and a stipend of £13,500.Applicants from both EU and non-EU countries are eligible for stipend and fees. Applicants will normally be expected to hold a bachelors degree with a first or upper second class or a high GPA in an appropriate subject.A minimum level of competency in English is required. International applicants need to be classed as an overall grade 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component using the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or PTE score.

Value of Scholarship(s)

13.500

Eligibility

Applications are invited for a 12 month fully-funded studentship for a research Masters degree (MRes).Research Project Title: Designing and Implementing a Research Programme to Monitor and Evaluate the Role of Trees on Farms (Supervisor: Jim Waterson; Funded by Woodland Trust).

Application Procedure

Applications should be made through the HAU website: http://jobs.harper-adams.ac.uk/Vacancies.aspx where further details of the project can be found.The deadline for uploading completed applications is 9 am UK time Monday 1stJuly 2013. The studentship will start on 16 September 2013. Interviews will take place at HAU for shortlisted UK applicants, and by Skype for shortlisted applicants from other countries.

Further Information

http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/finance/postgraduate-scholarship.cfm?ID=12



Entry Requirements

Honours degree (minimum 2:2) in a subject related to the course, or a good HND pass in a relevant subject area, together with related industrial or professional experiences of at least 1yr. International Students see: View Website.

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