Global Food Security and Development (MRes, MSc)

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The award
MRes, MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Global Food Security and Development at Nottingham Trent University

Almost one in eight people around the world are chronically undernourished. Recurrent food price spikes and socio-political unrest, climate change, land degradation and scarcity of natural resources - coupled with decline in rural communities and livelihoods - have placed food security high on the development agenda. This course is designed to meet the growing demands for professionals equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitude needed to deal with these challenges.

Why chose this course?

  • Your studies will be based at Brackenhurst campus within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences - a leading land-based education provider for over 60 years.
  • Staff have expertise in global agriculture, food security, environmental management, sustainability, international relations, and geography.
  • We have international links with organisations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
  • You will benefit from both academic rigour and comprehensive student support within a friendly family atmosphere.

How you're taught

You'll be taught through a mixture of interactive lectures, detailed case studies, tutorials, workshops, seminars, study visits, and placements. You'll also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff.

Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards. You'll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, before communicating the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

Careers and employability

Your future career

The course has been designed to meet the demand for well-qualified specialists to meet the challenge of ensuring global food security. Successful completion of the course will create employment opportunities for students in a broad range of organisations such as:

  • United Nations institutions and programmes such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Development Department (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • government departments for agriculture, food or rural development such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK
  • international door agencies such as the Department for International Development (DFID) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • national and international NGOs (non-government organisations) such as the Soil Association, Oxfam, CARE international and Action Aid
  • charitable organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation
  • private sector agribusiness corporations and consultancies such as Syngenta and ADAS (UK)
  • policy and think tanks such as International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

You will posses a wide range of academic and transferable skills including critical evaluation and communicating clearly to a wide variety of audiences.

Placement opportunities

During your course there will be opportunities to take part in placements and study visits.

Facilities

Teaching is supported by our Brackenhurst campus- a 200-hectare country estate and working farm. The campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme, which supports the effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates.

The farm includes sheep, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle, as well as arable and protected crop production. The farm promotes sustainable land use and management, demonstrating modern farming techniques whilst achieving high conservation value. You'll also have access to modern, bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources, and accommodation.

Brackenhurst is approximately 14 miles from Nottingham with excellent public transport links and roads to Nottingham city centre.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMRes, MScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMRes, MScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

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