MSc Arable Crop Management

Writtle College

Program Description

MSc Arable Crop Management

Writtle College

*Subject to revalidation

The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Acquire the business acumen required to manage a successful arable farm
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of crop protection methods and issues
  • Understand and apply knowledge relating to farm sustainability issues, including soil, water and energy
  • Identify and evaluate trends and new developments for crops in the 21st century
  • Assess and discuss the likely effect of environmental stress on temperate and world crops
  • Study during quiet periods in the farming year, enabling students to work and gain an award

Course Modules

Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.


  • Research Methods (Postgraduate)
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Strategic Arable Farm Management
  • Crop Protection (+ BASIS Crop Protection)


  • Environmental Crop Physiology and Nutrition (+FACTS)
  • Developing Crops for the 21st Century
  • Postharvest Storage and Management
  • Crop Protection (+ BASIS Crop Protection)

Taught Masters Degree - Dissertation

Who is the Course for

This course will appeal to individuals who wish to become practitioners in the arable crop management field; farm managers, agronomists and land owners with a responsibility for growing field-scale combinable, root and alternative crops for a commercial market.

Arable Crop Management is an important industry within Eastern England. Writtle College is ideally situated to make the most of big producers locally – from arable farmers within the East Anglian counties to those growing vegetables on the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire fens. Writtle College has long enjoyed excellent relationships with local farming producers and has strong links with commercial enterprises who display ‘best practice’, and the agronomic services sector.

Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience.

Delivery and Assessment

Block delivery of teaching reflects the industry peak and trough times to, making the course accessible to those working in the industry.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and laboratory work, as well as self-directed student learning. Students have access to 135 hectares of arable land on the Writtle Estate and a further 1800 hectares of commercially grown arable crops available to them for visits, research and field scale trials. Students will be assessed using a variety of methods including, written assignments, presentations, examination and the research dissertation/consultancy project.

The research dissertation/consultancy project provides an opportunity to undertake an on-farm consultancy project or a more traditional dissertation that is research based. This will develop subject/industry specific and transferable skills, such as problem solving. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and can be based at Writtle or on a farm of choice.

Key Features

  • A postgraduate and professional qualification
  • Relevant and applied subject material for arable managers and practitioners
  • Block delivery during quiet periods in the farming year enabling students to work and gain an award
  • Practical management focus with business skills relevant to the sector
  • Opportunity to focus on a farm of your choice
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
5,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
Start date: Aug. 2018
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Aug. 2018
United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
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International fee (Non-EU): £11500