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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security MSc

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Agriculture (General) Food Science / Technology Food Quality Control Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides specialist skills and knowledge about the most important issues related to the sustainability of agricultural production and food security. Our MSc is suitable if you have an interest in sustainable agriculture and food security and want to develop a broad knowledge of the subject. Sustainable agriculture and food security focuses on the availability of food now and in the future: a major concern of scientific and commercial communities world-wide.

The prominence of this subject is driven by an increasing global population, pressure on non-renewable or scarce resources and a need to increase food production whilst minimising the impact on the environment. The course covers all aspects of food security as outlined by Global Food Security, a multi-agency programme involving the main UK public sector funders of research and training related to food.

This course is taught in a block format: a five-week teaching block and then two-week teaching blocks. You will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical and field classes, tutorials, case studies and small group discussions. We expect you to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, presentations and your final major project. You will be supported through training in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis reporting your investigation and results in a critical manner.

We offer flexible learning for those already working in industry, or you can study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme which is a framework that enables us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The overall aim of this module is to provide the knowledge and skills required to apply the principles of ecological livestock management in practice. This aim will be achieved via encouraging students to gain knowledge, develop understanding and to critically evaluate the concepts of livestock production and the underlying principles and their application to balance demands for performance, food quality and safety, welfare, and protection of the environment in sustainable, ecological farming and food production systems. The contribution of appropriate methods of breeding, husbandry and health/welfare management to the sustainability of ecological farming and food production systems. The production and management of major livestock species in ecological farming and food production systems. To provide students with technical information on the current ‘state of the art’ of livestock production in commercial ecological systems and the science that underpins them and/or challenges their principles and production standards. To encourage students to compare a range of ecological and conventional approaches and identify opportunities to transfer and apply ecological techniques to low input and conventional systems. To enable students to develop multi-disciplinary skills in researching, organising and presenting relevant information in verbal and written form and applying that information in practice. An outline of livestock production under ecological agriculture, covering dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, and poultry.
ACE8113 Food Security and Food Markets - Core
NES8002 Research Dissertation Project - Core

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 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as: Agriculture, soil, crop, animal, food or environmental science, biology, geography, rural, consumer, economic, business and/or marketing studies. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have relevant experience in the farming, food and associated industries.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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