Course overview

The course will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the principles and processes of sustainable food production, including its social and environmental contexts. It will equip participants who already have work experience in the food supply chain to implement the latest research into sustainable systems thinking, and will facilitate cutting edge careers for those who want to enter the food production and supply chain.

Participants will consider the issues surrounding the necessity of ensuring global food security, while protecting and managing natural resources and biodiversity and acknowledging the pressure on food production from climate change.  Various perspectives on environmental impacts, economic realities and socio-cultural aspects will be included.

This MSc is offered for full or part time study via distance learning.  Participants can access on-line materials in their own time from home or office.  On-line interaction with other participants and with the learning facilitators, who are from different geographic regions, offers a unique opportunity to share practices and opinions.  Without having to travel and pay additional accommodation fees, and being able to continue in one’s employment, makes distance learning an economical, attractive option for both full time and part time participants.

Participants will have the opportunity to study from 3 to 6 modules per year, depending on their status as part time or full time participants. For the Masters’ degree, students will complete a total of 6 modules of study and a dissertation project.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

three intakes per year

Title: Food Security in the Changing Environment MSc
Type/Duration:

From 3 to 5 years, part-time.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience

Credits: 180
Cost: £7950.00
Course Provider: Bangor University
Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Bangor University, Online

Learning outcomes

Participants studying the course will:

- Examine the environmental, economic and social responsibility of farming in the context of food security and the changing environments.

- Study how selected 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 sustainable intensification.

Course Structure

Agriculture and Society

Start Date: May to August 2018
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

Truly sustainable and efficient food production requires that the three pillars of sustainable development, economy, society and culture, and environment, are considered together.

This course will provide farmers and agri-food businesses, NGOs and government agencies an insight into current perspectives on ethical issues surrounding food production at the local, regional and global scale.

This course is a core 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.

Climate Change

Start Date: Sept to Dec 2017
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module looks at climate change from three viewpoints: 1) how climate has changed in past and how we determine this, 2) how it is predicted to change in future and how we model this, and 3) what impacts those future changes may have on society.

The module aims to place the contemporary climate change debate in a longer-term scientific context and explore debates around the causes and consequences of historic and contemporary climate change. Particular focus will be placed on the interactions between people and the environment at a range of geographical and temporal scales.

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

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

Global Food Security

Start Date: Jan to April 2018
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module 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 core 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.

Research Methods (Bangor)

Start Date: Jan 2018
Location: Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module is compulsory for anyone intending to undertake a full MSc or who has been accepted for a research degree (Research Masters or Professional Doctorate). It runs twice a year for five months. The additional length of the module is to allow you the time to work with your supervisor in developing the research proposal for your MSc, MRes or Doctoral research. 

My 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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