Course overview

This module will introduce you to the ecosystem services framework for assessing pasture-based food production, with an emphasis on landscape context and scale factors. Trade-offs and complementarities between food production and delivery of other ecosystem services such as water purification and climate regulation will be examined.

The module will focus on the theme of “sustainable intensification”, using an ecosystem services approach to consider the direct and indirect (global) effects of particular management practices.

This course is an optional module in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment and  in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production .

It is delivered by Bangor University entirely online through distance learning.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

24th September 2018

Title: Agro-ecosystem Services

12 weeks

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience

Credits: 20
Cost: £933.00
CQFW Level: 7
Course Provider: Bangor University
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Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Bangor University, Online
Course Logistics:

Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 hours per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.


Dave Styles



Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and classify ecosystem services.
  • Appraise the dominant effects of livestock production systems on ecosystem services.
  • Explain the importance GIS for ecosystem service assessment, with reference to spatial scale.
  • Determine relevant indicators to assess ecosystem service effects of particular agricultural management actions.
  • Critically evaluate agricultural management options with respect to their global effect on food security and other ecosystem services.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered in this course include:

  • Sustainable food production
  • An introduction to ecosystem services
  • Assessing ecosystem services
  • Policy context
  • Payment for ecosystem services
  • Global perspective
  • Soils and ecosystem services
  • Ecosystem services for water quality
  • Climate regulation
  • Sustainable intensification
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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