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Crop Production (Agriculture) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Crop Production Agriculture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed for those who already have an interest in crop production as well as those who wish to develop or update their existing knowledge. The course combines theory, practical experience, industrial visits and presentations from industry experts. There are opportunities to participate in trial work and to undertake original research in the UK or abroad. The course attracts both home and international students from many different countries providing a stimulating environment in which to study crop production.

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. Delivery is through a combination of lectures, practical, formative and summative coursework, tutor and student led tutorials, case studies and group work, including seminars and presentations.

It is developed through a series of visits to commercial/industrial and research establishments and through dissertation-related studies. Appropriate knowledge and understanding is enhanced if students opt to undertake their dissertation work in an industrial situation. Students who undertake their dissertations outside the UK, will also gather a measure of this enhanced experience.

Different course options

Full time | Writtle University College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is semester 1 module. This module will evaluate the factors which determine the level and location of crop production in relation to climate and agro-economic factors, using a number of crop examples related to horticulture, agriculture and floristry. The development and changing patterns of cropping systems and production techniques will be discussed in the light of changing market requirements, environmental pressures and the need for sustainability in production. The importance of global trade will be considered in terms of sustainability and environmental footprint; other environmental considerations such as energy consumption and use of non-renewable resources that of increasing importance to industry will be considered as part of the crop production process. Current research and trends will evaluated and likely future developments considered.

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 will normally be graduates in agriculture, horticulture, engineering, biosciences, geography, business and economics or will have extensive relevant industrial experience.