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1 year

Part-time

2 years

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Brayford Pool

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AGFTRSMS

MSc by Research Agri-Food Technology

Develop your expertise in agri-food science and consolidate your skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.

Our Alumni Scholarship can reduce fees by up to 20 per cent for UK students. See our Scholarship and Bursaries page for more information.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Typical Offer

View

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

AGFTRSMS

Dr Ramana Sundara  - Programme Leader

Dr Ramana Sundara - Programme Leader

Dr Sundara has been actively involved in food research for over 25 years. Before joining the University of Lincoln, he was a Group Leader for Confectionery at Nestle Product Technology Centre, York (Nestle PTC), responsible for developing and launching new products in various countries. Subsequently, he led the External Research Collaborations portfolio at Nestle PTC including the supervision of PhD studentships. He secured funding from BBSRC, EPSRC, and Innovate UK, and successfully managed multi-disciplinary projects. He has authored over 50 scientific papers and 6 patents, with an emphasis on chemistry and processing technology of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and chocolate products.

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Welcome to MSc by Research Agri-Food Technology

The globally important agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change, health, and wellbeing. This flexible research programme provides the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of agri-food science and to consolidate skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.

With a clear focus on improving productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through innovation, researchers at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) are engaged in impactful research designed to make a difference across the food chain.

Recent projects led by LIAT scientists include the integration of cutting-edge 3D imaging and automation into harvesting and weeding technologies, and an investigation of the genetic code of foodborne pathogens. Engaging with the Institute's research projects can provide access to expertise in areas including the Internet of Things, automation in the soft fruit industry, dynamic energy control mechanisms, and hydroponic cultivation systems.

Supported by an experienced supervisory team, students may have opportunities to publish their work in academic journals and present their findings at conferences.

How You Study

The flexible nature of this programme enables students to either specify their own topics, or work on one of the titles suggested by our staff, examples of which are available on request.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however the regularity of these may vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme.

How you are assessed

An MSc by Research is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Research Areas and Topics

The flexible nature of this Master’s provides students with the opportunity to undertake research in an area that interests them or relevant is relevant to their current employment.

Recent research projects at the Institute have tackled mushroom and broccoli harvesting, high resolution soil moisture forecasts, multi-purpose imaging technology to automate quality inspection tasks in food processing and packaging, and optimising greenhouse light environments.

Other projects have include rapid surface chilling chickens to reduce Campylobacter, beta testing of novel optical nitrate sensor, and automation systems in the production and quality control of cut flower presentation packs.

A Rural Setting

Situated just three miles north of Lincoln in a beautiful semi-rural setting, the University's Riseholme Park Campus is home to the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, offering short courses in agriculture and agronomy alongside postgraduate and research programmes.

The campus spans more than 200 hectares, incorporating woodlands, parkland, watercourses and grasslands. It features a working farm and a variety of heritage features, centred around the historic Grade II listed Riseholme Hall.

The University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach, in south Lincolnshire. This food manufacturing technology hub provides specialist facilities and industry-standard equipment, including analytical laboratories with a test kitchen and sensory testing suite, a technician training centre and processing facilities.

Riseholme Hall

Postgraduate Research Enrolment

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May. In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

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Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

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Career Opportunities

With a clear focus on improving productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through innovation, researchers at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) are engaged in impactful research designed to make a difference across the food chain. The flexible nature of this Master’s enables students to undertake research in an area that interests them or is relevant to their current employment.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.

Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.