University of Exeter: Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Biosciences View department profile
Telephone +44(0)1392 723044
Study type Taught


This interdisciplinary programme was developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, including: the agricultural industry, government agencies (including Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra) and The Food and Environment Research Agency (fera)), and farmers and food manufacturers. Research-led teaching in molecular plant pathology, plant sciences, and microbiology is strongly supplemented by Rothamsted Research, North Wyke expertise in grassland management, soil science, and sustainable farming systems. The combination of expertise in both arable and pastureland systems ensures a truly rounded learning experience. Leading social scientists also provide valuable input on land use and economic practices in rural areas.

The curriculum is designed to address critical shortages of experts capable of working in government agencies, agriculture, and the food industry as researchers, advisers, policy developers, and managers. The programme provides opportunities to gain industrial and practical experience and observe food security issues first-hand during field trips.

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The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government’s Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

3 course options

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in biological science or relevant subject. Consideration will be given to appropriate professional background on a case-by-case basis involving an interview.

For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.


Assessment is by essay examinations, individual and group-based coursework assignments, oral presentations, in-module tests and reports or essays.


Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development.
Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.

The list of modules may include the following; Professional Skills; Research Project; Sustainable Land Use in Grassland Agriculture; Crop Security; Sustainable Livestock and Fisheries; Political Economy of Food and Agriculture and Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Location Streatham Campus
Northcote House
Queen's Drive


EU 10500 GBP for Year 1
England 10500 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 10500 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 10500 GBP for Year 1
Wales 10500 GBP for Year 1
International 19800 GBP for Year 1

Biosciences at the University of Exeter 


Why study Biosciences at the University of Exeter?

  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research[1]
  • High-quality research supervision, with ongoing research worth more than £50 million
  • Research regularly published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Excellent facilities with a £25 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and platform technologies
  • High quality research supervision to develop and nurture the scientific potential of all graduates

[1] REF 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4 ...

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