M.Sc. Agriculture for Sustainable Development

University of Greenwich

Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,200 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,350 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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 NRIs 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.

Assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of assignments, essays, presentations, reports, portfolios and formal examinations.

Career options

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.

Contents

* Research Methods (15 credits)
* Tools for Sustainable Agriculture (15 Credits)
* Integrated Pest Management (30 credits)
* Independent research project dissertation (60 credits)
* Two to four options from a list that currently includes: Agronomy (15); Agroforestry (15); Economics, Agriculture, and Marketing (15); Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture (15); Biotechnology and Transgenic Crops (30); Plant Disease Management (15); Plant Quarantine and Sustainable Resource Management (15); Biotechnology and Diagnostic Methods (30); Agricultural Innovation for Development (15); Soils and Environments (15) (60 credits)

Requirements

Applicants should have:

An honours degree (at least 2.2 or above)

OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject.

Where English is the second language, an IELTS average score of 6.5 (for each of the four areas) or 7 is required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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