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Agroecology PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes

Agroecology PgC / PgD / MSc / MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Agricultural Biology Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied agro-ecology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, the increased and shifting needs for food production and on the other the need for conservation and management of natural resources. Sustainable food production and sustainable intensification are of high policy importance both nationally and internationally. Agro-ecology is a key aspect of sustainable intensification. This course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas. The course will utilise our teaching strengths and offer an alternative focus for students with an interest in both agriculture and the natural environment, and will complement other specialist postgraduate courses such as the Entomology courses, Integrated Pest Management, and Weed Science. Students will also achieve MRes, PgDip and PgCert awards in this course.

Specifically the course will enable students to: Identify the nature, structure and complexities of multifunctional landscapes; Evaluate the interactions between organisms and consider these when making management recommendations for successful agro-ecological landscapes; Evaluate the strategic and operational issues and conflicts affecting the sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems; Appraise the role of agro-ecology within the wider context of global food security and sustainable food production; Select the most appropriate conservation management solution in a range of agricultural and other environments; Develop the ability to solve conflicts in agro-ecosytems by the application of novel research techniques.

An understanding of agro-ecology and the organisms and systems that underpin agricultural systems can facilitate the ability to manage agricultural systems in a more sustainable manner. This course will provide the foundation for a career in both conservation and in agriculture. The course will provide you with specialized training in agroecology and farmland conservation. Specifically, the course which will: prepare you for a career in conservation agriculture, or agriculture or conservation more widely; offer vocational training in the area of agroecology; prepare you for PhD. Studies; enable you to make a more informed choices for further study and career development.

The type of jobs that require the skills that you will gain include: Conventional, organic and integrated agriculture positions; Advisory work such as farm/crop consulting; Policy jobs such as in agriculture and environmental agencies; Non-governmental agencies and organizations; Agricultural firms; Extension advisors; Conservation organizations; Environmental consultants; Policy Analysts; Natural Resources Manager; Scientists and researchers.

Different course options

Full time | Harper Adams University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module you will develop your understanding of the key academic skills required to study at postgraduate level within your discipline and professional domain. This module is designed to enhance your ability to assess, evaluate, and reflect reflexively on information and theory. The key value of This module is that it provides some key underpinning skills required in other modules. This module enables you to become familiar with the appropriate research traditions of your discipline and to analyse, and synthesise and articulate these ideas in a manner appropriate to the level of study. You will also be encouraged to develop positive study habits through reflection and peer engagement. You will: Analyse the implications of divergent research philosophies on the interpretation of information; Critically assess the dominant research philosophy in their specific discipline or professional area and consider the implications for their future development; Evaluate the trustworthiness, validity and reliability of published works associated with their discipline; Synthesise a coherent argument on a topic of significance to their discipline; Critically examine and assess personal development and peer feedback for the benefit of self-discovery, learning and self-improvement.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years' relevant industrial or professional experience may also be considered. Previous experience, referees' reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.