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MSc MRes PG Dip PG Cert Integrated Pest, Weed and Disease Management

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    MSc/MRes/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time

Course Description

The course will offer students training in techniques to facilitate crop food production, covering a broad range of topics in applied entomology, plant pathology, weed science and nematology. All students receive training in fundamental skills that will enable them to enter either a pest/disease management work environment or a research career in applied entomology, plant pathology or pest management. There is, however, considerable flexibility within the course thus enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions.

Research projects are available in a wide range of subjects covered by the research groups within the Crop and Environment Sciences Department and choices are made in consultation with expert staff. Projects at linked research institutes in the UK and overseas are also available. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from entomologists and plant pathologists in collaborating governmental organisations and commercial biological control companies. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organisations. Examples of collaborating organisations include, CEH Wallingford, Forest Research, Horticultural Development Company, The International Pesticide Application Research Centre, The Natural History Museum London and Rothamsted Research.

Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification.  Applicants with a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years’ relevant industrial or professional experience may also be considered.

Previous experience, referees’ reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.

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Student Destinations

Previous graduates from the course have mainly gone on to work for ADAS or commercial biological control companies, the agro-chemical industry or horticulture sector.  Others have joined Research Institutes such as Forest Research, FERA, or Rothamsted Research.  Typically 30% of MSc Integrated Pest & Disease Management graduates will go into research careers or onto PhD courses.

Module Details

MSc 180 credits from:

  • Research and Information Skills
  • Biology and Taxonomy of Insects
  • Plant Health Management – Principles
  • Plant Health Management – Practices
  • Commercial and Practical Biological Control
  • Pesticide Technology
  • Research Project

Optional Modules

  • Fundamentals of Agroecology
  • Principles and Practices of Crop Production
  • Insect Physiology and Behaviour
  • Experimental Design and Analysis

PGDip 120 credits from:

  • Research and Information Skills
  • Biology and Taxonomy of Insects
  • Plant Health Management – Principles
  • Plant Health Management – Practices
  • Commercial and Practical Biological Control
  • Pesticide Technology

Optional Modules

  • Fundamentals of Agroecology
  • Principles and Practices of Crop Production
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Insect Physiology and Behaviour

PGCert 60 credits from:

  • Research and Information Skills
  • Biology and Taxonomy of Insects
  • Plant Health Management – Principles
  • Plant Health Management – Practices

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