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Agroforestry and Food Security MSc by Distance Learning


Course facts

  • Name: Agroforestry and Food Security
  • 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)

The Agroforestry and Food Security MSc will provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles and processes of agroforestry as part of a sustainable food production system, including its social and environmental contexts. It will equip students to implement the latest research into sustainable production systems thinking and will facilitate entry into agroforestry-related careers.

Students studying the course will:

  • Examine the environmental, economic and social aspect of agroforestry in the context of food security and the changing environment.
  • Study how selected agroforestry 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 agroforestry and sustainable intensification.

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 this a hugely enriching learning experience.

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 and a dissertation project. Some modules are compulsory, and others are optional (subject to demand). Prospective candidates are advised to discuss their options with the programme director.

The programme suits people with interests in the agri-food, farming, environmental, conservation, and agricultural policy sectors, and covers both temperate and tropical systems and contexts.


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

Course Content

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Agroforestry and Food Security (PgCert. in Agroforestry and Food Security): students should achieve a total of 60 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Agroforestry and Food Security (PgDip. Agroforestry and Food Security): students should achieve a total of 120 credits from any combination of modules except the dissertation.

For the Master’s degree in Agroforestry and Food Security (MSc Agroforestry and Food Security): 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.

Compulsory Modules (20 credits):

Optional Modules (20 credits):

Compulsory Modules (60 credits):

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

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.

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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: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
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: or write to:

International Education Centre
Bangor University
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.

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