Food Security in the Changing Environment MSc by Distance Learning

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Food Security in the Changing Environment
  • Qualification: MSc/Pg Diploma/Pg Certificate (by Distance Learning). Modules can also be taken on a stand-alone basis for Post Graduate credits.
  • Duration: 1 year (PG Cert); 2 years (PG Dip); 3 years part-time or 5 years part time (MSc)

Students may begin their study at the beginning of any module, either at the end of September, the end of January or the middle of May. Modules can also be taken on a stand-alone basis for Post Graduate credits.

The Food Security in the Changing Environment MSc was created with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the Advanced Training Partnership (ATP), and is now part of the larger AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP). Please also visit the Aberystwyth MSc website offering their MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production. Modules from the Bangor MSc and the Aberystwyth MSc are interchangeable between the two programmes.

The course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles and processes of sustainable food production, including its social and environmental contexts. It will equip students who already have work experience in the food supply chain to implement the latest research into sustainable systems thinking, and will facilitate cutting edge careers for those who want to enter the food production and supply chain.

Students studying the course will:

  • Examine the environmental, economic and social responsibility of farming in the context of food security and the changing environments.
  • Study how selected management practices can improve the resource-efficiency and overall sustainability of food production.
  • Gain a global perspective to question whether and how growing demand for food from limited land resources can be met through sustainable intensification.

Students will have the opportunity to study from 3 to 6 modules per year, depending on their status as part time or full time students. For the Masters’ degree, students will complete a total of 6 modules of study and a dissertation project.

In the event of compulsory modules changing from year to year, existing students may choose from either the compulsory modules extant at the time of registration, or the new ones, and are advised to discuss their options with the Course Director.

Professionals in the agri-food industry, conservation and environment, farmers, and agricultural policy decision makers may be interested in the modules of this degree, as will full-time students wishing to pursue a post graduate degree that culminates in employability in these sectors.

Teaching and learning is supported by study guides with journal articles, online lectures, podcasts, and discussion forums. The wide range of backgrounds and expertise of staff and students make a hugely enriching learning experience.

Fees

UK/ EU students:

£884 per module; £2,650 dissertation fee

International students:

£1,590 per module; £5,010 dissertation fee

Please note: the fees are subject to increase.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Food Security in the Changing Environment (PgCert. in Food Security in the Changing Environment) students should:

  • Achieve a total of 60 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Security in the Changing Environment (PgDip. Food Security in the Changing Environment) students should:

  • Achieve a total of 120 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.

For the Masters degree in Food Security in the Changing Environment (MSc Food Security in the Changing Environment) students should:

  • Achieve a total of 180 credits including the dissertation.

The programme shall be assessed in accordance with the University’s regulations and codes of practice.

Part 1

Compulsory Modules (20 credit):

  • Agriculture and Society
  • Global Food Security
  • Climate Change
  • Research Methods

Optional Modules (20 credits):

  • Upland Farming Systems
  • Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Soil Management
  • Resource Efficient Farming
  • Agro-ecosystem services

The following optional modules from Aberystwyth may also be taken:

  • Animal Production
  • Feed and Forage
  • Sustainable Grassland Systems
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Silage Science
  • Sustainable Homegrown Feed
  • Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture
  • Low Input Ruminant Production
  • Ruminant Health and Welfare

Part 2 (MSc Only)

Compulsory Module

  • Dissertation

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Food Security in the Changing Environment Modules page.

Entry Requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

The entry requirements reflect the expected student profile, i.e. working and experienced in their field. Many applicants will have technical knowledge gained through work experience.

Students should meet one of the following requirements for entry:

  • An Upper Second Class undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Agriculture.
  • A Third class Honours degree or an Ordinary degree in a relevant subject, with a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
  • A minimum of two years relevant experience in agri-based food industries, the environmental sector or related work in a position of demonstrable responsibility.

English Language Requirements:

For non-native English speakers, applicants must have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0).

Your internet access must enable you to stream and upload video material. If you can regularly access YouTube you should not have problems.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

We accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by two months before the module start date, to allow for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Careers and Employability

This course will enable professionals to redirect or enhance their capabilities. Graduates can find careers in advisory and policy/advocacy roles, executive management, agriculture, agribusiness and environmental consultancy and agencies, agricultural finance, land and catchment management agencies, natural resources management, agricultural education and training, and as rural counsellors.

Further information

Contact us

Dr. Phil Hollington, Course Director, Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382285

Sharyn Williams, Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388660

Email: fsce@bangor.ac.uk

Please visit the AFTP website here.

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Food Security in the Changing Environment (PgCert in Food Security in the Changing Environment):

  • Achieve a total of 60 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.
  • The programme shall be assessed in accordance with the University’s regulations and codes of practice.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Food Security in the Changing Environment (PgDip Food Security in the Changing Environment):

  • Achieve a total of 120 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.
  • The programme shall be assessed in accordance with the University’s regulations and codes of practice.

For the Masters degree in Food Security in the Changing Environment (MSc Food Security in the Changing Environment):

  • Achieve a total of 180 credits
  • The programme shall be assessed in accordance with the University’s regulations and codes of practice.

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