ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience are pleased to announce the launch of our new MSc in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty. The programme will commence in September 2018, and recruitment will open in early April 2018.
The new MSc, which is structured according to the thematic pillars of our Centre’s research, will be multi- and transdisciplinary course introducing students to a range of different approaches to foster equitable and sustainable food and water systems.
In the context of wide-ranging and persistent global challenges to food and water security, resilience, including climate change, malnutrition and ecological degradation, this course will equip students with cutting edge knowledge in the field to enable them to critically understand the complex interactions between social and natural systems, between scientific and non-scientific knowledge, and between politics and food and water system outcomes.
The programme is designed for students from a range of disciplines, converging on agriculture, water and food systems from complementary angles that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences.
Note: This will replace the MSc Agroecology and Food Security which runs for the last time in the September 2017-18 academic year.
Please check back on this page for updates regarding the new course! If you have any questions please contact:
Liz Woodard - Administrative Assistant (Postgraduate Support) email@example.com
In the context of wide-ranging and persistent global challenges to food and water security, resilience, including climate change, malnutrition and ecological degradation, this course will introduce students to a range of different approaches to foster equitable and sustainable food and water systems. It will equip them with cutting edge knowledge in the field to enable them to critical
Why Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty?
Agroecology is the discipline that addresses practical aspects of resilient food production and natural resources management, their environmental impact as well as the governance and socio-economic challenges facing current food and farming systems.
Water and Food Sovereignty widen the focus of the course, closely linking agroecological approaches that reflect the need to address pressing global issues (i.e. access to adequate nutrition), our right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods; and people’s right to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems.
Food Sovereignty also promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of people to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable food production.
This is a unique approach to the design and management of socio-ecologically resilient water and food systems in that it goes beyond the issue of access to natural resources, food and water, and addresses their governance locally, nationally and at global scale.
The course includes modules which address key themes in:
· resilient food and water systems
· agroecological processes and practices
· fundamental process in relation to soil and water management
· climate change
· governance and institutional frameworks
· communities self-organisation for resilience
· knowledge integration
· gender studies
· economics of sustainable food and water systems
· ecological management of freshwater systems
· stabilisation agriculture.
COURSE START AND DURATION
Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 24 months
At least a Second Class Honors degree in a relevant social or natural science discipline; or other qualification (which may be an appropriate professional development qualification), or considerable relevant work experience. It is not necessary to have agricultural qualifications.
· Global Professional Development – Consultancy (Chartered Management Institute)
· Policies and Institutions for Food and Water Sovereignty
· Global Processes for Water Sustainability and Resilience
· Community Self-Organisation and Resilience
· Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice
· Participation, Power, and People’s Knowledge
· Agroecological Techniques and Practices
· Gender, Food Systems and Natural Resources
· Stabilisation Agriculture
Each module involves ‘face-to-face’ contact at the university (including lectures, seminars and workshops), accompanied by directed and self-directed study. Modules are delivered both on campus as well as our Centre’s base at Ryton Organic Gardens. Transport is provided for the modules delivered at Ryton Gardens.
NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award
The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected PhD and Masters students in agriculture.
To apply for the Centenary Award applicants will need to meet the following guidelines:
- Have achieved (or be expected to achieve) at least a 2:1 in agriculture or a related degree.
- Have been offered, or applied for, a place on a postgraduate course (Masters or PhD).
In addition your course should feature at least one the NFUs three areas of interest as the main part of your course. These are:
- Sustainable agriculture and climate change
- International agricultural development
- The application of science and innovative technology to the agricultural industry.
If you think you are eligible please contact the NFU for further information. Further details can be found on their website.