MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

The University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

The University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel - this course provides the knowledge and practical skills for how crops are improved, grown and managed. You will gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset. You will learn the principles of crop production, the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and weed control, and ecology.

Course structure

Students will take 8 core modules, up to 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation.

Core modules

  • Crop Physiology and Production
  • Advances in Crop Protection
  • Soil, Water and Mineral Nutrition
  • Climate Change
  • Organic and Low Input Systems
  • Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop Agronomy
  • Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection
  • Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration
  • Project/Work Placement

Optional Modules

(Availability dependent on demand)

  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Challenges of the Global Food System
  • International Environmental Law
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Strategy


You will acquire the skills necessary for career paths in the agriculture of crops, agronomy, crop trial management, and as policy development officers, technical commodity specialists and professional advisors. You will also be able to join sales teams for fertiliser, agrochemical and other specialist supply companies.

We expect graduates to become the industry’s future managers and leaders. Alumni have gone on to study for a PhD or, for example, into agronomy and agricultural consulting.

Career destinations include:

  • Regional Technical Agronomist at Bayer CropScience
  • Trainee Agronomist at Valley Produce Ltd
  • Trainee Product Technologist at Berry World
  • Trainee Agronomist at Agrovista
  • Crop Trialist at Eurofins
  • Agronomist and Agricultural Consultant at Agrinig, Nigeria
  • Senior Field Technician at University of Warwick

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5

Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months.

Module options: 8 core modules, 2 optional modules and a course project, dissertation or placement.

Module assessments by coursework and exam.

2015/16 Fees:

  • Overseas £19,680 (bursary included)
  • European £6,800 (bursary included)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 23, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
5,990 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Warwick, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 5,990 GBP
for European; £19,680 for Overseas