Course overview

Food security and climate change are currently critically important issues on a global scale.  This MSc is offered for full or part time study via distance learning.  Students can access on-line materials in their own time from home or office.  On-line interaction with other students 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 students. Our topics are pertinent to today’s issues and urgently need an educated work force with expertise (see below for core modules).  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.

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
Tutors:

Phil Hollington

Learning outcomes

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. Topics will include food systems and supply chains; social concerns and ethics; controversies such as organic versus conventional farming and the development of GMOs; the conflicts between production, market, environment and culture; and future challenges around such things as climate change and resource competition. It 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 provides a detailed assessment of current knowledge on climate change – science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation, and how it is perceived by the public.

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 students 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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