MSc Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy
A dynamic course for a rapidly-changing sector, this programme has been created in conjunction with our industry partners, including the National Trust and National Farmers’ Union. This course is primarily distance learning.
LocationRoyal Agricultural University Campus
DurationCourse duration 1 Year (Full time / Part time)
Academic Year30 September 2019 - 5 June 2020. For February entry the academic year starts in February 2020.
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Working across agriculture and the food supply chain, you will gain a deeper understanding of the sector, the challenges of the future and how they interconnect.
Policy and strategy around the area of food is vital for the sustainable growth of any country. This is a time of unprecedented demand for innovative solutions to sustain the flow of high quality food to more people than ever before, alongside increasing demands for traceability and provenance.
Brexit also presents an opportunity for the UK to become an important world player in the production of high quality, sustainably produced food. To secure this aim, numerous opportunities will arise for highly educated business-minded people who are capable of leading British food production policy.
If you have an inquisitive mind, or wish to learn these skills, this course will help you develop the knowledge you need to boost or begin a career in the industry. We will provide you with important industry contacts and placements within major national companies. You will have the opportunity to connect with organisations that are shaping policy; covering areas including climate change, consumer trends, post-Brexit trading terms, public health, animal welfare and future food security.
The course is largely delivered online, in conjunction with short intensive learning periods on campus, which give you the opportunity to network and meet your classmates. An experienced online team has built a course packed with engaging multimedia content and opportunities to collaborate with other students.
With part-time and full-time options, the programme is highly flexible so that you can live at home and study in the evenings and weekends, or alongside your job.
With two entry points per year the course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over several years. Eight modules will be studied, as well as a final project for which you can choose an internship within business, an applied project related to a policy challenge or dissertation based on a topic of specific interest to you.
There will be plenty of academic support during residentials and during distance learning, where you’ll discuss, challenge and create through group discussion and forums.
All students on this course will be invited to participate in at least one additional enhancement week. This optional programme, not linked to a specific module, will include farm and site visits as well as invited speakers to help students consolidate and apply their learning. This will be particularly valuable for full time residential and international students.
- Developing your leadership and people skills
- Making sense of a changing world
- Improving your decision-making with data and technology
- Developing sustainable business strategies
- Facing the global challenges in food and agriculture
- Making a positive impact on the natural environment and rural economy
- Delivering trust and integrity within the food supply chain
- Analysing the interaction of agriculture and food policy with consumers and citizens
- Research skills
- Either dissertation or applied project
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** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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This course has been carefully developed to meet skills gaps and respond to changes in recruitment trends. Graduates are highly likely to go on to pursue a career within the food or an allied industry and a number of businesses visit the University every year to recruit new staff.
Careers could include:
- Market research
- Commercial or general management in the food industry
- Farm or Environmental Consultants
- Working for the Government, international agencies or NGOs
- The development of new companies through entrepreneurial initiatives
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