Covering:

  • socio-economics, marketing and policy development,
  • environmental and water management,
  • soil and crop management,
  • animal production, health and welfare management and
  • food quality, safety and nutrition

Background

This programme allows an in depth specialisation in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Food security will become a major focus for both scientific and commercial innovation development, given the (a) predicted need to feed an additional 3 billion people by 2050, (b) increasing pressure on non-renewable or scarce resources (e.g. energy, minerals and water) and (c) need to increase food production while minimising resource use and negative impacts on the environment.

What is the MSc about?

The course provides specialist knowledge and skills required for sustainable agriculture and food security via a combination of lectures, field courses, seminars, practical classes and research projects.
A compulsory module will cover the most important issues related to the sustainability of agricultural production and food security:

  • Population growth and land availability,
  • Availability and use efficiency of mineral fertilisers (N,P,K) water and energy and soil,
  • Crop biodiversity (genetic resource availability and management)
  • Food chain organisation,
  • Environmental, social, and ethical impacts of food production,
  • Food quality and safety
  • Nutrition and diet,
  • Food consumer behaviour
  • International and national governmental regulation and policy

Optional modules will allow specializations in a range of areas such as: (a) socio-economics, marketing and policy development, (b) environmental and water management, (c) soil and crop management, (d) animal production, health and welfare management and (e) food quality, safety and nutrition.

Where and how will it be delivered?

The programme will be delivered in English at Newcastle University, UK. most modules will be taught in the teaching and laboratory facilities at the main Newcastle University campus in the city centre and at the University’s Nafferton experimental farm, where a range of unique long term agronomic experiments are available for MSc projects.

Students will be able to opt for up to 2 field course modules, delivered on commercial farms and food processing facilities in the UK and Greece. This will enable students to gain expertise in sustainable food production systems and food security issues in both Northern and Southern European Farming systems within a one year MSc course.

Why this course?

To optimize employment prospects the course will:

  • enable graduates to learn the knowledge and understanding, skills and aptitude necessary to undertake applied and strategic research underpinning the development of strategies to improve the sustainability of agricultural food production and thereby maintain food security
  • provide networking opportunities with industry, NGOs and other academic institutions
  • be supported by leading Quality Assurance and Certification bodies/companies

Need further information?

Please visit the Newcastle University website for more about applying to this programme:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/sustainable-agriculture-food-security-msc/#profile