Taught course

Organic Farming and Food Production Systems

Newcastle University · School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will be considered on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will provide you with an in-depth specialisation in organic farming and food production systems and it is currently the only specialised MSc in organic and ecological farming in England. You will learn and test the latest approaches in the integrated delivery of soil, crop and livestock, and food supply chain management.
Through a combination of lectures, field trips, seminars, practical classes and research projects you will develop advanced knowledge and skills in:
  • managing organic farming and food production units or businesses in different macroclimatic, agronomic and market contexts
  • agronomic approaches used in organic/biological/ecological/sustainable food production systems
  • underlying principles and standards of organic/biological/ecological/sustainable food production, processing and retailing/marketing systems
  • applied and strategic research underpinning the development of organic and other sustainable farming and food production systems
  • a wide range of analytical laboratory methods
You will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day field trip as part of the module on Mediterranean perennial crop production systems in Crete, Greece. The trip is organised in collaboration with ecological farming experts from the Greek National Science Foundation (NAGREF).
As part of your studies you will also undertake a major project, similar to one you might experience in the workplace. You will be supported through training in designing and delivering a laboratory project or field-based investigation. You will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis reporting your investigation and results in a critical manner.
This research project and thesis may be undertaken at the University, in industry, in Crete as part of existing Nafferton Ecological Farming Group research and development projects, or in another country.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

John Gowing, Degree Programme Director, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
+ 44 (0) 191 208 6900