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Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

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.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

AGFTRSMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

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.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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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.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

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.

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

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.

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.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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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.
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