Soil Health (SCH5550)
This module explores how soils work and promotes a thorough understanding of the relations in the web of soil life that the programme builds on. It shows how improving the biodiversity of plants, fungi, fauna, and microorganisms can produce healthier soil structures, now called ‘soil health’ This benefits water, nutrients and carbon cycles. The module evaluates factors affecting soil health, and indicators of improvement, to judge the wider impacts on the environment, climate change, erosion and flooding.
Food Economy (SCH5552)
New food economies pose a challenge to existing conventional food systems that deliver ‘cheap’ food while ignoring environmental, health and social costs. Students will explore alternative economic models and see how food systems can contribute to that and improve health. This module explores how much of our wealth comes ultimately from the soil and that, by nurturing soils, we can provide more resilient and sustainable food systems, healthier food, and regenerate local economies.
Regenerative Practices (SCH5551)
This module investigates a wide range of regenerative practices around the world, that include cover crops, no-till, animal grazing and promoting biodiversity. Students will liaise with College partners in a discourse about the most appropriate agricultural approach for any situation, taking in related concerns like seed sharing, organic, community growing and local food processing. Students will put techniques into practice and monitor their performance, with soil health indicators.
Establishing an Enterprise (SCH5553)
This module examines the design and development of a regenerative food/farm enterprise, as a food producer-led activity. It will show how value can be added with innovation when production systems can be linked more directly with consumers. It will explore different models of social/ecological/regenerative enterprises and the process of enterprise design. This is to provide a framework to go on and design an enterprise, whether starting or scaling up, using market research, networks and social media.
This module encourages students to demonstrate their capacity for independent research study and practical application by using their knowledge of regenerative practices to a topic appropriate to the degree, such as soil health indicators, consultancy tools, nutrition measurement, local food initiatives, government policies, and consumer choices. Students are expected to submit their plans, practices and policies in a political context, and a wider philosophy about how we treat our earth.
A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
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