Newcastle University: Organic Farming and Food Production Systems (MSc)

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Web http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/
Study type Taught

Summary

This course will provide you with an in-depth specialisation in organic farming and food production systems and it is currently the only specialised MSc in organic and ecological farming in England. You will learn and test the latest approaches in the integrated delivery of soil, crop and livestock, and food supply chain management.

Through a combination of lectures, field trips, seminars, practical classes and research projects you will develop advanced knowledge and skills in:
•managing organic farming and food production units or businesses in different macroclimatic, agronomic and market contexts
•agronomic approaches used in organic/biological/ecological/sustainable food production systems
•underlying principles and standards of organic/biological/ecological/sustainable food production, processing and retailing/marketing systems
•applied and strategic research underpinning the development of organic and other sustainable farming and food production systems
•a wide range of analytical laboratory methods.

You will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day field trip as part of the module on Mediterranean perennial crop production systems in Crete, Greece. The trip is organised in collaboration with ecological farming experts from the Greek National Science Foundation (NAGREF).

As part of your studies you will also undertake a major project, similar to one you might experience in the workplace. You will be supported through training in designing and delivering a laboratory project or field-based investigation. You will collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis reporting your investigation and results in a critical manner.

This research project and thesis may be undertaken at the University, in industry, in Crete as part of existing Nafferton Ecological Farming Group research and development projects, or in another country.

Our staff:

You will benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology, spanning a range of scales from: pot – plot – farm – landscape.

Strategic research embraces work on:
•soil quality
•rhizosphere function
•plant-soil feedback
•soil-carbon dynamics
•nutrient cycling.

Applied research addresses issues of:
•climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
•ecological (organic) farming systems
•low-input crop systems
•agriculture-environment interactions.

Professor Carlo Leifert is the Degree Programme Director for MSc in Organic Farming and Food Production Systems. Carlo is a member of the Food Security Network in the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) and is part of the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group (NEFG). He currently manages EU and DEFRA funded projects focused on improving resource efficiency, productivity and food quality and safety in organic and 'low input' crop and livestock production systems.

Delivery:

The course is taught in a block format with a six-week block and then two-week teaching blocks.

You will be taught through:
•lectures
•seminars
•practical and field classes
•tutorials
•case studies
•small group discussions.

You will be expected to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, presentations and your final major project.

You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS). This allows us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

For full details of our Facilities, see our Prospectus online.

1 course option

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

You will be considered on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

International Students
To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Location Main Site (Newcastle)
King's Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU

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