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MSc Crop Production (Horticulture)

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Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | 19-SEP-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

19-SEP-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Crop Production Horticulture (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Production Horticulture is an expanding industry with vast amounts of fresh food and flowers being transported around the world. The industries which support this expansion rely on the latest technologies and have seen great change in recent years in production techniques and how and where crops are grown.

With the world's population continuing to increase and climate change impacting upon production, it is vital to continue to investigate new growing systems and to establish new crops which can be grown sustainably. Soil, water and resource management are key considerations.

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.

Modules

Climate change and continuing population growth are the two most important drivers of ecosystem degradation that threatens human wellbeing. The planets capacity to provide food and fresh water to sustain human population growth and development is reaching a tipping point. Without radical solutions to the way we exploit Earth's ecosystems for food and water natures capacity to support mankind will collapse leading to dramatic declines in human wellbeing. Sustainable land management and food security requires innovative, risk-robust strategies to meet growing demands in the future and to ensure ecosystems remain fully functional and resilient to uncertain changes. This module presents current scientific theory in sustainable farm land management and competitive food production with a specific reference to agricultural ecology and ecosystem resilience. Students will be able to analyse and critically evaluate current policy and strategies practiced in the UK and the wider global sphere through a review of case studies. Applications of new scientific thinking and technology will be observed in the field. The aim of the module is to provide students with the latest applied scientific theory in sustainable farming practices, agricultural ecology and food production.

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

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 horticulture, agriculture, 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).