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Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

If you have a strong interest in biology, and a passion for creating and refining our knowledge about the living world, then a masters degree is excellent preparation for a career in research or industry.
Animal and Plant Sciences student in lab

Course description

How will we feed nine billion people by 2050?

It’s a challenge with complex solutions. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge needed to understand the challenges of sustainable agriculture, and the skills to pursue an exciting career in the agri-tech sector.

You’ll learn from the experts behind our multi-million pound centre of excellence, Plant Production and Protection (P3) where you’ll receive training in how to apply cutting-edge techniques used in crop and soil science. Following this, you’ll get the chance to spend three months over the summer in our P3 centre for translational plant and soil biology, working with our world-leading researchers to complete your project.

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Core modules

  • Crop Science, Biotechnology and Breeding
  • Agricultural Ecology in a Changing World
  • Soil Science
  • Issues in Global Food Security
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques in Agricultural Research
  • Scientific Skills and Project Management
  • Individual Research Project


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Workshops


  • Essays
  • Practical work
  • Exams
  • Research project
  • Presentation


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or another relevant science subject.

Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 0123

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.