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MSc by Research Agri-Food Technology

MSc by Research Agri-Food Technology

The University of Lincoln is ranked in the top 200 in the world for Agriculture and Forestry in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The Course

This programme provides the opportunity to develop your expertise in a particular area of Agri-food science and to consolidate your 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. The flexible nature of this Master’s provides the chance to undertake research in an area that is of interest to you or relevant to your current employment.

Examples of 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, you may have opportunities to publish your work in academic journals and present your findings at conferences.

The Course

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.

Recent research projects 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. The other projects also include rapid surface chilling chickens to reduce Campylobacter, beta testing of novel optical nitrate sensor, and automation systems in the production and quality control for cut flowers presentation packs.

Example Research Areas:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Agri-food technology
The flexible nature of this programme means that the students can either specify their own topics or can 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 vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. There is approximately equivalent to one hour of contact time per week in the form of a weekly supervision meeting.

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

Students are encouraged to look at the staff pages on the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology website to discover what areas of research the tutors are currently involved in. The Institute’s research centre sites may also provide inspiration for projects.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/liat/research/

Students will need to produce an outline proposal and will then be matched with an appropriate supervisory team.

Enrolment Dates

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.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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

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. The 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.

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.

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.
The flexible nature of this research programme means that students can either specify their own topics or can work on one of the titles suggested by our staff.

Students are encouraged to look at the staff pages on the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology website to discover what areas of research the tutors are currently involved in. The Institute’s research centre sites may also provide inspiration for projects.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/liat/research/

Students will need to produce an outline proposal and will then be matched with an appropriate supervisory team.

Enrolment Dates

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.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Ramana Sundara

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, 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.

Contact: rsundara@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

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 provides the chance to undertake research in an area that is of interest to you or relevant to your current employment.

Career and Personal Development

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.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

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 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.