Masters | Postgraduate Course - Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate MSc Course Details within University of Warwick

School of Life Sciences
Tel:+44 (0)24 7657 4995
Course Fees
Home/EU: Full-time £8,170 Part-time £4,085; International: Full-time £23,460
Contact Name
Denny Croft & Therese Lepicard
+44 (0)24 7657 4995
Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate MSc

Study Details

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

The School of Life Sciences has been ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 research ranking exercise. Overall more than 80% of life sciences research was rated as 'World Leading or Internationally Excellent'.

Escalating rates of environmental and climate change are forcing us to re-evaluate our management of agricultural and natural habitats. The competing demands on agricultural land for food production and for bioenergy provision must be reconciled with environmental stewardship and mitigation of climate change.

This MSc provides a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, management, societal matters and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food and provision of ecosytem services.

Module details

Students will take 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation.

Core modules

  • Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Climate Change
  • Organic and Low Input Systems
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety
  • Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability
  • Project, Placement or Dissertation

Optional Modules

(Availability dependent on demand)

  • International Environmental Law
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

Entry Requirements

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

Programme Funding

Scholarships are available for both Home/EU and International students.

Programme Assessment

Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work. The project will be assessed by a seminar presentation and a thesis of up to 10,000 words to include suitable data displays.

Please note that modules and courses on offer may change. We reserve the right not to run certain modules/courses based on programme review, staff availability and student demand.

Student Destinations

This MSc is for those looking for a research career in environmental bioscience or to improve their employment prospects in governmental or non-governmental organisations concerned with environmental policy development. Graduates could expect to work in areas related to sustainability in farming systems, rural development, environmental management, science communication, policy and consultancy.