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.

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

Key facts

Course Dates
Sept - Dec 2019
12 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Bangor University
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Bangor University, Online
AFTP Cohort
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.



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