MSc Postharvest Technology - Writtle University College

MSc Postharvest Technology

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  • What is Postharvest Technology?

    Post harvest Technology is concerned with the research in to and application of new and advanced systems and processes to ensure that harvested crops receive the appropriate treatments from cropping through to sale to ensure waste is minimised. It is an increasingly important and expanding industry which requires technically aware graduates.

    Environmental concerns are now a major consideration of all aspects of production and supply chain. Worldwide postharvest losses can account for up to half of production; it is vital that supermarkets and their supply chains reduce their carbon footprint, both in terms of the impact on the economy and the environment. The industries providing the packaging, grading, storage and transport of fresh produce are actively seeking graduates who have an awareness and understanding of the issues involved.

  • About the Course

  • Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies.

    This provides the opportunity to study a range of crops and investigate at an advanced level the techniques used for postharvest handling and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques.

    Students will also examine crop growing using resources at the University and through visits to growers, so they develop an understanding of the supply chain from the field through to sale. Together with visiting speakers from industry, this develops students' awareness of the latest trends and research in industry. The teaching staff have developed close links with industry on a worldwide basis and research and consultancy work is used to underpin the curriculum.

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  • Course Content

  • The course combines theory, practical experience, industrial visits and presentations from industry experts.

    There are opportunities to participate in trial work and to undertake original research in the UK or abroad. The course attracts both home and international students from many different countries providing a stimulating environment in which to study post harvest technology. Semester one modules are common to all students on the programme and option modules in semester two provide an opportunity to specialise prior to undertaking the dissertation

    Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.



    Notes:
    Summer period is Dissertation only 180 appropriate credits are required for the named award.
    Core Modules must be taken and passed.
    Compulsory Modules must be taken but could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
    Optional Modules may be taken and could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.

    *It is not possible to take both Experiential Learning modules.

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  • Who is the Course for

  • This course is designed for those who already have an interest in postharvest technology as well as those who wish to develop or update their existing knowledge.

    Applicants are normally graduates in agriculture, horticulture, engineering, biosciences, geography, business and economics, or will have extensive relevant industrial experience. All share a common interest in how to reduce produce loss and the application of technologies to achieve this.

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  • Delivery and Assessment

  • Delivery is through a combination of lectures, practical, formative and summative coursework, tutor and student led tutorials, case studies and group work, including seminars and presentations.

    It is developed through a series of visits to commercial/industrial and research establishments and through dissertation-related studies. Appropriate knowledge and understanding is enhanced if students opt to undertake their dissertation work in an industrial situation. Students, who undertake their dissertations outside the UK, will also gather a measure of this enhanced experience.

    Knowledge and understanding is assessed using a combination of examination (seen and unseen), assessed coursework (lab reports, projects, case studies, presentations) and problem-based learning scenarios which include interpretative exercises.

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  • Career Prospects

  • On successful completion of the course graduates possess the knowledge and skills to gain employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

    There are also opportunities to undertake further research.

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  • Related Learning Opportunities

  • Undertaking trial work and research for commercial partners within the postharvest unit.

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Duration

This modular course can be completed in one year on a full-time basis. Part-time students can take two - three years to complete the course.

The part-time programme offers greater flexibility for those with demanding commitments at home or work.

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