Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, M.Sc. | Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
M.Sc. On Campus

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

12 months
28200 GBP/year
12300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security course from Newcastle University provides specialist skills and knowledge about the most important issues related to the sustainability of agricultural production and food security. This master is suitable if you have an interest in sustainable agriculture and food security and want to develop a broad knowledge of the subject.


Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security course from Newcastle University focuses on the availability of food now and in the future. This is a major concern of scientific and commercial communities world-wide.

The prominence of this subject is driven by:

  • an increasing global population
  • pressure on non-renewable or scarce resources
  • a need to increase food production whilst minimising the impact on the environment

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security master's covers all aspects of food security as outlined by Global Food Security. The Global Food Security is a multi-agency programme involving the main UK public sector funders of research and training related to food.

Industry experienced and research-active lecturers teach on this course.


This course at the Newcastle University is taught in four-week teaching blocks.

You'll be taught through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical and field classes
  • tutorials
  • case studies
  • small group discussions

We expect you to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions.

We offer flexible learning for those already working in industry through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme. This framework enables us to award postgraduate-level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.


NU Farms

Our multi-purpose farms are viable farming businesses. We use them as demonstration facilities for teaching purposes. They also provide land-based research facilities.

Our facilities provide an open innovation platform enabling researchers to work with farmers, industry, and environmental and government stakeholders. Together, they develop innovative solutions for balancing sustainable global food production with a thriving rural economy and protection of the wider environment.

These research facilities help us to understand:

  • the development and functioning of plant and animal hosts, pathogens and their interactions
  • the complex biogeochemical functions of the soil
  • crop and livestock health, welfare and productivity
  • environmental impact
  • interactions between the managed farm environment and the land-air-water interface

We use this fundamental knowledge to:

  • integrate genomics, physiology and agronomy in molecular breeding approaches
  • develop and optimise farming systems

We collect real data from a network of on-farm crop, soil, livestock and environmental sensors. We use this data to calibrate and validate the digital technologies and models that help us in our research and developments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Soil and Land Resources - Assessment and Management
  • Food Security: Sustainable Food Production
  • Innovations in Agriculture Technology and Engineering to Support Sustainable Production
  • Principles and Current Topics in Agro-food Economics and Policy
  • Ecological and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems
  • Dynamics of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
  • Research Dissertation Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as: agronomy (crop production), biological sciences, earth sciences, geography, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, zoology, horticulture
  • We also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas, and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience.
  • English Language requirements

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    28200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12300 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK Part time: £6,150

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
Newcastle University
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
Newcastle University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!