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MSc Crop Production (Agriculture)

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Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Crop Production Agriculture (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Rising population, climate change and competing demands on land are challenging farmers and growers to meet the world's demand for food in the 21st century. It is imperative that to meet the challenge sustainable principles are applied to maintain and enhance the environment while making use of modern technologies and techniques. Soil, water and resource use are key considerations as are biodiversity and development issues.

About the Course

Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Research glasshouse, farms and the postharvest unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies.

This provides the opportunity to study a range of crops relevant to the chosen area of horticulture or agriculture.

Students will examine crop growing using resources at the University and through visits to growers and post harvest facilities; they will develop an understanding of the supply chain from the field through to sale. Together with visiting speakers from industry, this develops students' awareness of the latest trends and research in industry.

The teaching staff have developed close links with industry on a worldwide basis and the research and consultancy work is used to underpin the curriculum.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course graduates possess the knowledge to gain employment with crop producers and in management positions with major import/export organisations .

Modules

The module introduces students to research and research methods from the perspectives of the researcher, research manager or managerial user and gives them the opportunity to deepen more into areas of their preference. The module will discuss the research process of: identifying issues and problems; specifying research; systematic design, collecting and processing primary and secondary data and information; analysing findings using quantitative and qualitative approaches and producing conclusions, recommendations and suggestions for further investigation. Emphasis will be placed on methods that are objective, systematic, reliable, valid, ethical, effective and efficient. Guidance will also be given on the preparation of research papers and reports. Taught postgraduates from all disciplines will initially share a generic overview that is appropriate for a postgraduate understanding of research and the methods that underpin it. Thereafter, the students will apply principles of research in a more contextualised approach according to their discipline. Students will have the opportunity to experience the whole journey of applied research to provide answers to real-life issues in food systems- from research design to dissemination to a wide audience.
Postharvest Systems Management A (15 Credits) - Core
Sustainable Crop Production A (15 Credits) - Core
Sustainable Crop Production B (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

8,160

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

13,433

Entry requirements

Admissions to this course are subject to the normal policies and procedures for postgraduate students at Writtle University College. Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related subject (such as agriculture, horticulture, floristry, environmental sciences). Prospective students with a first honours degree in another discipline but with significant work experience in horticulture, agriculture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters’ programme. Applications from international students will be considered in line with Writtle University College’s Admission Policy. International students will be expected to have achieved the equivalent of the minimum entry for UK students; qualifications and experience will be review by the Admissions Officer and assessed using UK NARIC criteria. Applications from European students will be guided by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).