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Entry requirements

A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel. This MSc will provide you with knowledge and practical skills focused on how crops are improved, grown and managed. You’ll gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset.

Through lectures, small-group interactive workshops, practicals, tutorials, field and site visits, you’ll learn the principles of crop production and explore the latest advances in integrated pest, disease and weed management. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of the soil for nutrition and water uptake, modern techniques of plant breeding, and how crop trials are designed and analysed.

Core Modules

  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Soil, Sustainability & the Environment
  • Crop Physiology & Production
  • Climate Change
  • Organic & Low Input Systems
  • Cereal, Oilseed & Root Crop Agronomy
  • Introduction to BASIS - Crop Protection
  • Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration
  • Lab project/work placement/dissertation

Optional Modules in the past have included

  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Climates
  • Business Strategy
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • International Environmental Law
  • Marketing Management
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics

Our graduates have taken jobs in technical agronomy, crop trialing and agricultural consultancy for industry specialists such as Bayer Crop Science, Agrovista and Agrinig (Nigeria). They’ve also progressed to leading roles in marketing, sales, policy development and professional consultancy.

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 and bursaries.For more information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

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