Course overview

The Agroforestry and Food Security MSc will provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles and processes of agroforestry as part of a sustainable food production system, including its social and environmental contexts. It will equip students to implement the latest research into sustainable production systems thinking and will facilitate entry into agroforestry-related careers.

The programme suits people with interests in the agri-food, farming, environmental, conservation, and agricultural policy sectors, and covers both temperate and tropical systems and contexts.


Compulsory Modules (20 credits):

  • DXX-4505 Natural Resource Management
  • DDL-4004 Agroforestry Systems and Practice 
  • DDL-4207 Global Food Security 

Optional Modules (20 credits):

  • DXX-4536 Urban Forestry 
  • DDL-4012 Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment 
  • DXX-4530 Forest Management Planning 
  • DXX-4532 Study Tour 

Compulsory Modules (60 credits):

  • DDL-4999 Dissertation (if studying towards an MSc)

Learning outcomes

Students studying the course will:

  • Examine the environmental, economic and social aspect of agroforestry in the context of food security and the changing environment.
  • Study how selected agroforestry management practices can improve the resource-efficiency and overall sustainability of food production.
  • Gain a global perspective to question whether and how growing demand for food from limited land resources can be met through agroforestry and sustainable intensification.

Key facts

From 3 to 5 years, part-time.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment 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

Mark Rayment

Course Structure

Global Food Security

Start Date: TBC
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This course takes a global perspective on food systems and food security, and aims to equip participants with the ability to fully understand global food systems and their role in providing food security, and to be able to critically assess existing and future pressures and solutions.

A range of diverse factors are coming together to affect the global food system, and after describing the various food systems globally, different definitions of food security, and how these are evolving, the module will look at these drivers.

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

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

Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment

Start Date: TBC
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module is designed to provide knowledge, understanding and capacity to undertake carbon footprinting (CF) and life cycle assessment (LCA) for professionals concerned with the sustainable and efficient management of land resources.

The key components of the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas fluxes associated with agricultural production and the food and fibre supply chain will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of soils, ruminants, fertilizers, transport and energy consumption, with a focus on fluxes of CH4 and N2O as well as CO2. The range of international protocols for CF and challenge of determining appropriate emissions factors will be reviewed. The methods to identify emission hotspots within production and supply chains and to test alternative scenarios for their reduction will be addressed.

While concentrating on carbon and greenhouse gases, the coverage of LCA will also address the assessment of other key ecosystem services including regulation of water and air pollutants. Particular attention will be paid to the methods of assessment of the impacts of land use change.

Through lectures and structured learning with hands-on exercises and extensive on-line resources, the module will provide a theoretical and critical analysis of the practice and application of CF & LCA as key tools in assessing the environmental impact of land use systems

Participants will gain detailed understanding of core carbon foot printing methodologies, in particular International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) good practice accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, and wider life cycle assessment (LCA) principles. The module will draw on a range of farm system case studies and will involve hands-on experience with online CF tools.

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

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

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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