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University of Sheffield: Sustainable Agriculture

Institution University of Sheffield
Department Biosciences
Telephone +44 114 222 2341
Study type Taught


This course is under review for 2023 entry and we will provide an update in early 2023. Please contact the department for further information.

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.

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 working 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:

  • Arable weeds and crop production in the UK

  • Parasitic plants as agro-ecosystem engineers

  • The soil system

  • Genomics in ecology and evolution

  • Effects of increased CO2 on ecosystems


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