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Food and Water Security (Geography)

Course Description

The MSc in Food and Water Security is an innovative interdisciplinary course which focuses on the scientific, economic, social and political factors that effect the secure production and distribution of food and water throughout the world. Drawing on three complementary academic disciplines, this new programme will train you to contribute significant advances to the way in which food and water security is achieved across the technical, environmental and social spectrum. The Aberystwyth MSc in Food and Water Security is suitable for you if have at least a 2(2) degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline and wish to pursue a career in this developing field.

Effective food and water security is contingent on all people in a given area having access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food and an adequate supply of clean water. Though in the developed western world such factors remain relatively stable, the same cannot be said in relation to the developing world. This issue, coupled with the ever increasing size of the global population, makes meeting the world’s demand for food and water one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. The MSc in Food and Water is a response to this issue. It is the result of a collaborative interdisciplinary effort on behalf of three of Aberystwyth university’s world class academic departments: the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES) and the Department of International Politics. This multidisciplinary approach means that you will be able to view the issue of food and water security through three unique conceptual lenses and draw on these ideas to form a comprehensive understanding of this emerging field of research.

The part of the MSc in Food and Water Security consists of modules which introduce the subject through the specific perspectives the different disciplines involved. This part of the course is thus designed to give you a sound overview of the issues in Food and Water Security; but during it, you will also be encouraged by your tutors to identify the area of study which you will investigate thoroughly in a 20,000 word research project in the second part of the Master’s programme. This might be from a perspective within one of the disciplines, or an attempt to relate insights from the different disciplines to the consideration of a particular sub-topic. The MSc in Food and Water Security is designed to equip you to progress into a wide range of technical careers in both the public and commercial sectors, but will also provide you with the opportunity to begin a career in further research in this vital area.

Visit the Food and Water Security (Geography) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Marshal Papworth Scholarship for Environmental Studies - 4 Awards

Aberystwyth University is pleased to be able to offer a number of Scholarships within our world class Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.Programmes available under scholarship:- MSc Food and Water Security
- MSc Livestock Science
- MSc Animal Science
- MSc Managing the Environment
- MSc Green Biotechnology and InnovationEach student obtaining a scholarship must intend to return to their own country to utilise their skills for the benefit of their own countrymen.Contact Dr Mina Davies- Morrel for more details - [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Fees & on average £8000 living costs


See Marshal Papworth for Scholarship application details and country eligibility. http://www.marshalpapworth.com/applications/application-process.htmlCriteria judged on - qualifications, work and job related experiences and the standard of the application form.

Application Procedure

See Marshal Papworth for Scholarship application details. http://www.marshalpapworth.com/applications/application-process.htmlSee Aberystwyth University for course and application details.


International Food and Water Security Masters Scholarship - 6 Awards

The new scholarships are part of IBERS £500,000 (~ $ US 0.8 million) five year masters scholarship initiative, and part of IBERS vision to play a major role in addressing the global challenges of food, water and energy security through training of postgraduate students 6 International Food and Water Security Masters Scholarships, each valued at £10,000, are available to applicants of the MSc Food and Water Security scheme for 2013-14
The scholarships are not open to UK or EU applicants
Closing date for 2013 : MSc Application closing date to be considered for a 2013 IBERS International Food and Water Security Masters Scholarship is 1st May 2013. If you do not wish to be considered for a Scholarship, there is no closing date for applications for just the MSc course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



International Students only. The scholarships are not open to UK or EU applicants

Application Procedure

A separate application form for an IBERS International Food and Water Security Scholarship will not be required. However, a separate Scholarship letter addressing the points below must be included with the standard student MSc course application. The closing date for Scholarship applications is 1st May 2013. Candidates will be notified of an offer of a 2013 Scholarship via email by Michelle Allen ([email protected]), the IBERS Postgraduate Coordinator. Your Scholarship letter must address the following points :
- Motivation for your application.
- How your previous experience links to/supports your application.
- What you hope to gain from the course.
- How the course fits with your career plan.
- Other possible sources of funding that you have, or you are currently, investigating.
- How you will use your training to benefit society/your home country.Awardees will need to confirm their acceptance of this opportunity via email to Michelle Allen ([email protected]) and copied to Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Admissions by no later than 31st July 2013

Further Information



International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Geography, Environmental Science, Polotics or related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study..case-by-case.

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