Agriculture for Sustainable Development, MSc

University of Greenwich

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Typology Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate

This programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in agriculture and sustainable development in the private sector, research, NGO or government communities. It provides a firm grounding in research methods applicable to the study of sustainable agriculture and the intellectual tools for understanding sustainable agriculture systems. The courses combine theoretical approaches and empirically based learning from case studies of real projects and agricultural scenarios.
Teaching will focus on case studies from NRI's corporate experience of looking at how research into agricultural issues, both in the natural and social sciences, can be translated into knowledge and products that have real impact on increasing the effectiveness of agriculture in delivering food security and enhancing livelihoods for all stakeholders. The potential role of agricultural innovations, both in technology, including biotechnology, knowledge systems, extension services and institutional partnerships in promoting development are also a strong theme in courses.
The aims of the programme are:
To understand modern agricultural systems and the associated technologies of production together with their potential impacts on agriculture and livelihoods
To understand the social, institutional and economic context within which agriculture operates
To understand modern agriculture and its role in sustainable development.

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· Requirements

Entry requirements Applicants should have: An honours degree (at least 2.2 or above) OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject. Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Integrated Pest Management (30 credits)
Independent Research Project (NRI) (60 credits)
Tools for Sustainable Agriculture (15 credits)
Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.
Livestock in Sustainable Agriculture (15) (15 credits)
Biotechnology and Transgenic Crops (30 credits)
Agricultural Innovation for Development (15 credits)
Agronomy and Crop Physiology (15 credits)
Agribusiness (15 credits)
Plant Disease Management (15 credits)
Economics, Agriculture and Marketing (15 credits)
Agroforestry (15 credits)
Biotechnology and Diagnostic Methods (30 credits)
Soils and Environments (15 credits)
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Extra information Assessment Assessment consists of a combination of: Assignments Essays Presentations Reports Portfolios Formal examinations. Careers This programme provides specialist expertise for those working or seeking to work in agricultural development or research, or pursuing an advanced agricultural or development qualification in the UK and overseas. Students graduate with a broad general knowledge of agricultural applications in sustainable development and also more focused in-depth knowledge.

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