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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 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 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.

 

Modules

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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

Your career

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.

Entry requirements

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

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

International pathway programmes

If you're an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Apply

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

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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