About This Masters Degree
OverviewIn this century, food security and the need to develop sustainable agriculture will become dominant issues affecting the whole world. The global population is projected to increase dramatically from 7 to 9 billion in the next 30 years, causing an unprecedented demand for food and increased pressure on land. The aim of this Programme is to provide you with knowledge and skills relating to the broad topic of food security, incorporating socio-economic, animal and crop aspects.
Key factsMSc: 12 months full-time
Why Glasgow• This exciting Masters programme is taught through collaboration between academics with world class expertise in diverse aspects of food security.
• It discusses the demographic, social and economic issues, the challenges of achieving sustainable agriculture and presents the factors affecting food production from crops and animal sources.
• The programme will include guest lectures on a range of topics and site visits.
• Students will acquire knowledge of technology transfer and commercialisation.
• Students will gain practical laboratory skills in molecular biology and in genetic modification.
• Students will undertake a project that will develop their investigative skills and their ability to critically appraise and integrate information from different sources.
• A key feature of this programme is that it provides a very broad perspective on Food Security.
Programme StructureWe welcome students from diverse educational backgrounds and we anticipate that many will be unfamiliar with all the topics in this programme. Therefore the courses will provide a general introduction to each topic and, in addition, we offer optional lectures to bring students with different backgrounds ‘up to speed’ in subjects they may not have encountered previously.
The programme starts with a discussion of fundamental issues in food security and subsequently expands on key topics, including animal food, crop improvement and the importance of insects in agriculture. You will acquire practical laboratory skills as well as the ability to critically evaluate publications and will learn about commercial issues relating to food production. Finally, you will undertake an investigative project.
The Programme comprises 11 courses:
• Introduction to Food Security
• Food Security Fundamentals: food of animal origin
• Food Security Fundamentals: crops
• Role of Insects in Food Security
• Molecular Lab Skills
• Global Animal Production
• Quantitative Methods
• Plant Genetic Engineering
• Crop Biotechnology Applications
• Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
• Food Security Project
CoursesIntroduction to Food Security (20 Credits)
This course will introduce you to the major issues in food security. It will include topics such as changes in demographic and consumption patterns, waste, socio-economic and political aspects of food security, biodiversity and climate change. The course is taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials and is assessed through an oral presentation and an essay.
Food Security Fundamentals: food of animal origin (10 Credits)
This course highlights important issues in animal food production, including nutrition, breeding, health and welfare, food processing and preservation. For assessment, you will produce a ‘food portfolio’, discussing a range of aspects associated with production of a selected food of animal origin.
Food Security Fundamentals: crops (10 Credits)
Crop production is a key topic in food security and this course will introduce you to fundamental issues limiting crop production, such as disease, nutrition and water availability, and the prospects for crop improvement. Assessment is through the production of a ‘crop portfolio’.
Role of Insects in Food Security (10 Credits)
This course introduces you to the positive and negative contributions of insects to food security, considering their role in crop production and animal agriculture. For assessment, you will produce and discuss a poster on an aspect of the topic.
Molecular Lab Skills (10 Credits)
You will undertake laboratory work and associated computer-based analysis to acquire practical skills in molecular biology. Assessment is via a short written test.
Global Animal Production (10 Credits)
The aim of this course is to provide you with knowledge and comprehension of systems of food animal management, production, marketing and tracing, including recognition and control of diseases of major relevance to food security. The course includes site visits and assessment is through a written assignment.
Quantitative Methods (10 Credits)
This course provides you with an understanding of quantitative and epidemiologic methods that can be used for investigation of food security questions, including issues of food production, animal health and pest control. Assessment is through a written assignment.
Plant Genetic Engineering (10 Credits)
You will undertake laboratory work to learn skills involved in genetic modification of plants. Assessment is through a written report of laboratory work.
Crop Biotechnology Applications (20 Credits)
This course provides information on the major applications of crop biotechnology, including disease resistance and stress tolerance and discusses aspects of crop genomics, breeding and genetic manipulation. You will be assessed through an essay and production and discussion of a poster.
Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (10 credits)
This course discusses the nature of bioscience businesses, including opportunities for innovation, regulatory requirements, intellectual property and ethical issues. Working with other students, you will design and evaluate a market research strategy and business plan for a small company planning to commercialise a recent bioscience discovery. You will be assessed through a report and your group work.
Food Security Project (60 Credits)
During the summer, you will undertake an investigative project on a topic in food security chosen through discussion with an academic supervisor. Depending on the topic and supervisor, the project may be partly or entirely laboratory-based, or involve no laboratory element. For assessment, you will write a report, give a presentation on the topic and discuss the project in a viva.
Career ProspectsFood security is a major challenge of this century and hence there will be opportunities to develop careers in several areas. Career prospects includeworking in Agri-industry, research institutes, government advisory, international advisory, media and research positions.
The breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills you will acquire in this Masters Programme will help you obtain employment or undertake research in the food security sector.
Food Security [MSc]
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Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: [email protected]