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Entry requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local and national production with imports and consider the environmental and economic impact of their policies. This MSc draws together critical components such as the contribution of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, nutrition transition and urbanisation. The course will appeal if you want to influence global food security and enjoy contributing to cutting-edge research.

The course is science-led, but includes options in business, social sciences and international environmental law, which provide insight to contemporary food production systems.

Core Modules

  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Soil, Sustainability & the Environment
  • Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptibility
  • Climate Change;
  • Environmental Accounting;
  • Organic & Low Input Systems;
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Lab project/work placement/dissertation

Optional Modules in the past have included

  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Climates
  • Business Strategy
  • Food: The Medium is the Message
  • International Environmental Law
  • Marketing Management
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Thinking Water

You’ll leave prepared for a career in a wide range of public and commercial enterprises such as government agencies, NGOs, food businesses and consultancies related to food production and the supply chain.

Information for international students

English Language requirement: Band A. For more guidance on English language requirements please visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Life Sciences MSc Team
+44 (0)24 7657 4995