Course overview

Water shortage and water quality issues are increasingly affecting agricultural production worldwide, and problems will increase with climate change and increasing populations. This course takes a global perspective, and aims to equip participants with the ability to fully understand the role of water in agricultural production, and to critically assess existing and future pressures and solutions. After describing the basics of crop water relationships, the course will address the pressures caused by water shortages and water quality issues, and the interactions between them.

After an assessment of trends, we will look at how existing and future technologies might be used to sustain production, and at how the governance of irrigation systems could play a part.

This course is an optional course in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment, and an optional course 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 this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the role of water in crop growth and yield, and of the dynamic relationships between soils, water and plants.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the effects of water and salinity stress on plants and on agricultural production.
  • Critically evaluate the ways in which water-related stresses on agriculture can be alleviated.
  • Critically evaluate the suitability of different methods of irrigation for a particular environment.
  • Critically evaluate the effects of policy on the sustainability of agriculture in dry areas.
Additional Course Information

Topics covered will include:

  • Irrigation and drainage
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Water and livestock
  • Salinity
  • Agricultural systems

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    Sept to Dec 2019
    12 weeks
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    Fee info
    Overseas fees £1633
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
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    Course Provider
    Bangor University
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    Course Arrangements
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    Course Location
    Bangor University, Online
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    Course Logistics
    Our distance learning courses 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 course. Blocks of courses are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most courses 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.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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