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Royal Agricultural University: MSc Agroecology

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department Department of Agriculture (CL)
Telephone 01285 889912
Study type Taught


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The MSc in Agro-ecology draws on our extensive expertise in combining academic and applied learning to support you to be well-informed, skilled, and confident in contributing to the development of resilient agro-ecosystems. Our network of professional links and affiliations with agricultural, land-based and environmental initiatives both in the UK and abroad ensures that you gain breadth and depth in your studies, agro-ecological experience, and research.

Course overview Agroecology is gaining increased attention today for its contributions to farm and food systems, to social innovation, and to research. Agroecology supports the development of resilient food ecosystems. It does so by drawing on science, social studies, and ecological principles to foster synergies between plants, animals, humans and the wider environment. Central to agroecological initiatives is that they are economically viable, that they support human and social values, and that they are ecologically responsible. The integration of these three domains requires interdisciplinary thinking, observation, innovation, and contextual application.

The MSc Agroecology covers the fundamentals of Agroecology, including its ecological approach to developing and maintaining resilient food systems. You will access and learn from RAU’s wide network of local and national business links, farms, social enterprises and food system innovators through seminars, site visits and placements.

You will study Agroecology on a campus that has, since its inception 175 years ago, been guided by the founding purpose of ‘caring for the land’ and be taught by lecturers with a breadth of experience in teaching, professional practice, and research. There will be the opportunity to blend on-campus study with site-based experience ensuring that there is a tight link between theory and practice.

Your professional competencies will be developed through dedicated modules which support you in the development of skills and competencies for future – or ongoing – work in the agriculture and environmental sectors. These will include studies in agroecological principles and practices, the role of agroecologically-oriented farm advisors, how farming and land management can make the transition to becoming more agroecological as well as how to contribute to the ecology of the whole food system through policy, practice, and social enterprise.

This course is delivered in partnership with The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.

Careers and graduate destinations Our graduates will be equipped to work in international, national, regional or local based roles. The skills gained throughout the programme will set you up to work in the following areas:

  • Policy

  • Advisory

  • Food chain

  • Retain

  • Production

  • Research

  • Educational services

  • Further higher education study


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About the Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.

We combine knowledge and industry connections with an innovative, forward-thinking approach that continues to open doors for our graduates.

Set in 25-acres of picturesque green grounds in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University has over 1,100 students and offers many programmes at postgraduate level.

Alongside access to arable and dairy farms and an equine centre, students also benefit from an award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Farm491 – RAU’s agritech business …

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