Food Security at University of Warwick - UCAS

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Course summary

Consider the critical factors influencing global food security on Warwick's Food Security MSc, where you will analyse the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation. Join the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences, with 90% of our research rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2021). Course overview Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local food production with imports and consider environmental and economic impact. This master's course considers the critical factors influencing global food security including the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation. Skills from this degree You will gain:

  • An understanding of current food production and distribution practices with an appreciation of how they can fail and ensuing health and policy issues
  • An ability to critically evaluate how constraints on crop production can change due to biotic and societal pressures
  • An ability to select and apply appropriate tools or techniques to tackle a food security question or problem
  • Transferable skills including team working, communicating with peers and sector specialists, organising, planning and oral presentation
  • Research skills including scientific report writing, conducting surveys, problem solving, data analysis and project work


Core modules Soil, Sustainability and the Environment Advances in Crop Protection Project/Work Placement/Dissertation Environmental Accounting Climate Change Organic and Low Input Systems Challenges of Global Food Security Biosciences, Politics and Social Acceptability Optional modules Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include: Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecosystem Services Biological Invasions in Changing Environments Microbiomics and Metagenomics Marketing Management Business Strategy Climate Change and Development (Law) Thinking Water (IATL) Habitability in the Universe (IATL) Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date.

Assessment method

Assessment Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It typically includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work. You will undertake an individual project during the third term and there is an option to undertake a work-based placement as part of your project. Your project/placement will be assessed by a seminar presentation and either a 15,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. English language requirements You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following: Band A IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0. International qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Fees and funding

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Food Security at University of Warwick - UCAS