Course overview

Learning outcomes

 

    Key facts

    Type/Duration
    From 3 to 5 years, part-time.
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    Credits
    180
    Cost
    £8400.00
    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
    7
    Course Provider
    Bangor University
    Provider Reference Number
    MSc/FS
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Bangor University, Online
    Cohort
    AFTP Cohort
    Tutors

    Mark Rayment

     

     

     

    Course Structure

    Global Food Security

    Start Date: 21st September 2020
    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.

    Soil Management

    Start Date: Sept - Dec 2019
    Location: Bangor University, Online
    Credits: 20 credits

    This module is designed to teach the fundamentals of soil management to professionals interested in the sustainable and efficient management of land resources.

    Sustainable soil management is reviewed in relation to increasing food production efficiency whilst limiting environmental impacts and a decline in soil quality and services. The dynamic function of the soil system will be explored, including ecosystem services, nutrient budgets, carbon cycling, greenhouse gases and mitigation.

    This course will provide a basic guide to the field and laboratory assessment of soil quality in a UK context with support from lectures and structured learning with extensive on-line resources. It is particularly suited to those working in the agriculture and food production industries, as well as others concerned with the fundamental resources and processes underpinning agricultural production and its environmental impacts.

    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.

     

    Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment

    Start Date: 20th Jan 2020
    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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