Taught course

Food Security, Sustainability and Biodiversity (in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

Institution
Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Health Studies
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

Eligible degree subjects include (but are not limited to) Agricultural Science, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biological Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Conservation Science, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Health Science, Human Biology, Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Soil Science, Zoology.

Normally applicants will possess a UK 2:2 (Honours) or international equivalent in the eligible degree subjects listed above. Applicants holding other degree subjects, such as social sciences and economics, should contact the Course Lead to be considered, especially if they can demonstrate relevant training and/or professional vocational experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This degree is run in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

From pollution in the air and water, climate change and unsustainable farming and food supply chains, to population growth and concerns about hunger, obesity, or eating too much meat - the challenges of sustainable living are all around us.

The MSc in Food Security, Sustainability and Biodiversity is an exciting new partnership between Royal Holloway and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Students on this degree will study at Royal Holloway and at Kew, learning from world leading experts at both institutions and spending approximately equal time at our main campus in Surrey and Kew’s main site at Richmond, south west London.

This one year course covers a range of topics at the intersections of environmental health and human health, addressing the crucial link between biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and food security.

You will examine some of the most pressing issues affecting our planet, from deforestation and climate change to pollution and the threats from extinctions, intensive agriculture and a growing human population. You will learn about new, innovative solutions in food security such as AI, drones, robotics, and next generation sequencing and you will learn about innovative farming approaches, such as silvopasture, vertical farming and hydroponics. You will also consider crop histories, indigenous knowledge and the links between our environment, culture, economy and the health and livelihoods of people around the world, through our international network of partners in science, conservation, business and policy.

You will develop your understanding and ability to blend ecological, biophysical, political and socioeconomic factors, and acquire a strong skill set through practical training in a range of transferable skills including communication, team working, science writing, data visualisation, statistical analysis, and GIS. Students will also spend time on a residential course in term 2 * at Kew’s Wild Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst in Sussex, learning from researchers in the laboratory and field, and working collaboratively to complete a group research project.

* Please speak with the course leader to discuss your requirements if you need to return home in the evenings.

Through interdisciplinary learning and hands on activities in a range of associated topics, our graduates will be better equipped to become the next generation of scientific researchers, policymakers and business leaders, ready to solve global sustainability challenges.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Dr Mark Lee
Email
mark.lee@rhul.ac.uk