Writtle University College has a well-respected centre for Postharvest Technology and research. Postgraduate students from the University College are highly regarded throughout this international industry, and often go on to work on major projects affecting the storage and supply of fresh produce across the globe.
Postgraduate study programmes
Writtle University College offers a taught MSc award on a full and part-time basis. A Postgraduate Certificate in Postharvest Technology caters for students working in the sector who wish to study part-time.
Postharvest Technology can be pursued by research, leading to an MSc, MPhil or PhD, and each can be studied on a full or part-time basis. Students considering working towards a PhD should allow a minimum of three years full-time or eight years part-time investigation. The department will always endeavour to meet the needs of postgraduate students. For example, provided that suitable arrangements can be guaranteed, it may be possible for students to spend some or almost all of their study period at their own institution or organisation.
Postharvest research and consultancy
Research activity and consultancy work are significant aspects of postgraduate programmes within the Postharvest Unit, covering many aspects of crop production and fresh produce management.
A major research interest is the storage of fresh produce. Current investigations include bedding plants and cut flowers as well as sliced vegetables and tropical fruits. Staff research activity embraces techniques for storage and modified packaging as well as improvements in national and international transport.
Through commercial consultancy work, the University has established an excellent reputation particularly in relation to cold storage, packaging and international transport. The University has ongoing work with a British supermarket on various postharvest matters. It has recently completed a Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) with a supermarket and a packaging company. The School also manages a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).