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PgC / PgD / MSc Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems

PgC / PgD / MSc Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems

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Full time | Harper Adams University | 1 year | SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Agriculture (General) Agricultural Science

Course type


Course Summary

Gain the skills and knowledge to keep feeding the world. As the population grows so do the challenges we face, and the need for creative solutions from agricultural specialists.

The demand for safe, wholesome food produced in an environmentally sensitive manner is a major political issue for national governments and internationally within global commodity markets. Global population is set to rise to 9 billion by 2050*, which will substantially increase the demand for food.

As a recognised centre of research excellence that is closely engaged with the industries, professions and organisations involved in the global agri-food chain and the UK rural economy, we can help you develop the skills to play a key role managing global agricultural production systems.

MSc students will learn to:

  • Understand global crop and animal production systems and their impact on environmental quality.
  • Produce management solutions that take into account the balance between crop and animal production, economic and social needs and environmental protection.
  • Communicate ideas and technical management solutions to different audiences.
  • Assess the quality of farmland environments and create strategies to enhance landscape and wildlife potential in different geographic locations.
  • Formulate, test and draw conclusions from hypotheses.
  • Solve problems through novel research techniques.


Students have typically entered a wide variety of professions. Some have worked for government departments and agencies such as Natural England or the Environment Agency. Others have joined agrochemical companies or found positions within agricultural or environmental consultancies.


Final award: MSc
Intermediate awards: PgC Agricultural Production Systems, PgD Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems


This module will allow postgraduate students to develop high level problem solving and research skills. Students are initially required to identify research concepts and evaluate their significance in the context of the wider literature. Based on this assessment, students are then required to design studies in order to further investigate the problem and contribute to the knowledge base. The student, under direction from the supervisor, will take responsibility for the planning, execution and writing up of the project. In addition to supervisory input, the student will also be supported by formal workshops that address aspects of project design, including data analysis and presentation.

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Entry requirements

PgC/PgD entry candidates should possess one of the following: Honours degree (at least a 2.2); A good UK based HND or Foundation Degree, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years; A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate or equivalent. For MSc entry candidates should possess one of the following: Honours degree (at least a 2.2); A Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent.

University information

Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share*, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects. It offers Masters programmes developed in conjunction with industry in a range of topics related to agricultural production, agri-tech, food industry management, global agri-business,...more