2020 start
MSc

Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

This course will equip you with the knowledge needed to understand the challenges of sustainable agriculture, and the skills to pursue an exciting career in the agronomy sector.
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Course description

This 12-month course will give you a breadth of understanding of the agri-food system as a whole. You’ll learn about the major issues in sustainable agriculture and learn about the cutting-edge techniques used in crop and soil science. Guest environmental and sustainability speakers give seminars regularly, and you'll get the opportunity to cultivate your work experience with placements with our industrial, government and NGO partners. You’ll cover topics such as global food security, the origins of agriculture and agricultural ecology in a changing world.

You'll conduct an independent research project, spending three months over the summer in our Institute for Sustainable Food. Here you'll work with our world-leading researchers, taking the latest scientific knowledge and applying it in real-world settings to ensure that the production and consumption of the world’s food is sustainable and resilient.

After your degree

Graduates will be well equipped to pursue careers working in the agronomy and agricultural consultancy sectors, in agricultural extension, farming, or contributing to agricultural and environmental policy for sustainable food production systems. This course is also great preparation for a PhD.

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Modules

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

Teaching

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussion groups, practical and field classes, and individual research.

Assessment

Your assessment includes, but is not limited to, written examinations, essays, extended project reports, policy briefing notes, reflective journal entries, statistics exercises and oral presentations.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or a related subject.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

aps.pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+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.