Course overview

This module examines the environmental, economic and social viability of various upland farming systems in the UK. Upland environments and land-use are examined in the context of the production and marketing of food from the uplands. The impact on biodiversity and ecosystem service provision, e.g. regulated flooding, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, is reviewed, as are drivers of future change.

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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the different farming systems of UK uplands and understand their socio-economic and environmental components.
  • Appraise the environmental and economic properties of exemplar upland farming systems, and so predict their response to changed drivers.
  • Assess critically the provision of ecosystem services by upland farming systems, including food and fibre provisioning, regulating climate change and water quality, biodiversity conservation, recreation.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Introduction to the UK uplands
  • Upland vegetation and ecology
  • Land-use in the uplands
  • Socio-Economics
  • Animal production
  • Alternative land-use
  • Ecosystem services
  • Pressures on the uplands
  • Appraisal: ecological and economic appraisal of upland systems.

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    Jan to April 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
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    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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    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
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