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University of Sheffield: Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Institution University of Sheffield
Department Animal and Plant Sciences
Telephone +44 114 222 0123
Study type Taught


This course will equip you with the knowledge needed to understand the challenges of sustainable agriculture and the skills to pursue an exciting career in the agronomy sector.

Course description

This course will give you a broad understanding of the agri-food system as a whole. You’ll learn about the major issues in sustainable agriculture and the cutting-edge techniques used in crop and soil science.

Guest environmental and sustainability speakers give seminars regularly, and you'll get the opportunity to gain work experience through placements with our industrial, government and NGO partners.

You’ll cover topics such as global food security, the origins of agriculture, and agricultural ecology in a changing world.

The biggest part of the course is the individual research project where you’ll spend three months over the summer in our Institute for Sustainable Food. You'll work with our world-leading researchers, taking the latest scientific knowledge and applying it in real-world settings to ensure that the production and consumption of the world’s food is sustainable and resilient.

Example research projects include:

  • Using multiomics data to answer biological questions

  • Parasitic plants as agro-ecosystem engineers

  • The soil system

  • Genomics in ecology and evolution

  • Effects of increased CO2 on ecosystems

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.


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