Taught course

Agroecology

Institution
Harper Adams University · Harper Adams University
Qualifications
MScMRes

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years' relevant industrial or professional experience may also be considered.

Previous experience, referees' reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied agro-ecology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, the increased and shifting needs for food production and on the other the need for conservation and management of natural resources. Sustainable food production and sustainable intensification are of high policy importance both nationally and internationally. Agro-ecology is a key aspect of sustainable intensification.

This course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas. The course will utilise our teaching strengths and offer an alternative focus for students with an interest in both agriculture and the natural environment, and will complement other specialist postgraduate courses such as the Entomology courses, Integrated Pest Management, and Weed Science.

Specifically the course will enable students to:

  • Identify the nature, structure and complexities of multifunctional landscapes.
  • Evaluate the interactions between organisms and consider these when making management recommendations for successful agro-ecological landscapes
  • Evaluate the strategic and operational issues and conflicts affecting the sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems.
  • Appraise the role of agro-ecology within the wider context of global food security and sustainable food production
  • Select the most appropriate conservation management solution in a range of agricultural and other environments.
  • Develop the ability to solve conflicts in agro-ecosytems by the application of novel research techniques

How will it benefit me?

An understanding of agro-ecology and the organisms and systems that underpin agricultural systems can facilitate the ability to manage agricultural systems in a more sustainable manner.

This course will provide the foundation for a career in both conservation and in agriculture.

The course will provide you with specialized training in agroecology and farmland conservation. Specifically, the course which will:

  • prepare you for a career in conservation agriculture, or agriculture or conservation more widely
  • offer vocational training in the area of agroecology
  • prepare you for PhD studies
  • enable you to make a more informed choices for further study and career development

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Office
Email
postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)1952 81 5289