Taught course

Environmental Management for Agriculture

Institution
University of Hertfordshire · School of Life and Medical Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2.2. Honours degree, in agriculture, botany, plant sciences, horticulture, zoology, environmental sciences, or a related subject or a professional qualification and / or work experience equivalent to the above*.
  • 1 appropriate reference

*Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered individually by the Programme Tutor. Accredited Prior Learning Certified (APCL) is available for those who already have associate membership of IEMA.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Agriculture faces many challenges, not least coping with the rising demand for food, biofuel and other products by an increasing population combined with the demands for a more sustainable industry. Food security is key and requires the reconciliation of efficient production of food with reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.

The MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course examines agriculture activities and their potential to impact both positively and negatively on the environment. It explains how environmental management systems, environmental auditing, life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment can be used in the farm situation.

This course aims to use environmental management to deliver sustainable agricultural management. Students will gain a holistic understanding and the interdisciplinary training to identify on-farm environmental risks and the knowledge and skills needed to develop answers.

The two specialist core modules have been designed to ensure understanding of the issues, where the science is balanced with the practical demands of the farm/producer/grower. You will develop the expertise required for a career in research, development, policy, or within the advisory sector relating to sustainability in farming systems, the food supply chain, environmental management and rural development, or to apply there skills in agriculture.

Crop plants are prone to suffer the effects of pests, pathogens and weeds and these reduce crop productivity. The next generation of crop protection scientists need to be educated to undertake this task and the MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course also has two option modules in crop protection to enable this route to be followed if you want to pursue a career in applied biology, particularly in the area of crop protection science, peri-urban agriculture/horticulture and related areas.

The structure of the MSc Environmental Management for Agriculture course is based on four core modules and a choice of five specialist modules, as well as a supervised research project related to the field of agriculture. Students will begin their studies, for both full-time and part time students, with a core module in Sustainability and Environmental Systems.

This course is available both full and part-time with intakes in September (Semester A) and January (Semester B). Full time study in Semester A takes 1 year. Full time study beginning in Semester B will take 15 months. Part time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to achieve a 6.5 IELTS score. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,970
International students
Full time: EU £6,970 Non EU £12,100

Please see the funding page.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24-60 months
full time
12 (Sept) or 15 (Jan) months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
ask@herts.ac.uk
Phone
01707 284800