MSc Postharvest Technology
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.
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.
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.
|SEMESTER ONE||SEMESTER TWO|
|Sustainable Crop Production|
|Postharvest Systems Management|
|Global Trade and Supply Chain Management||Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture|
|Research Methods HO||SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTION
(15 CREDITS TOTAL)
|Environmental Policy and Leadership Skills
|Project Planning and Investigative Research
|Other Level 7 module
by negotiation with the course team
Summer period is Dissertation only.
180 appropriate credits are required for the named award.
Compulsory Modules must be taken but could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
Optional Modules In conjunction with advice from the Course Team, students will select 15 credits of option modules in Semester 2.
Core Modules must be taken and passed.
Differentiation between MSc Postharvest Technology and the MSc Crop Production (Horticulture), MSc Crop Production (Agriculture) course/pathways will be through assignments in the Sustainable Crop Production, Postharvest Systems Management and the Dissertation modules.
These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:
- Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
- In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
- Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
- The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.
The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.
Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related subject (such as horticulture, agriculture, floristry, environmental sciences). Prospective students with a first honours degree in another discipline but with significant work experience in horticulture, agriculture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters’ programme.
Applications from international students will be considered in line with Writtle University College’s Admission Policy. International students will be expected to have achieved the equivalent of the minimum entry for UK students; qualifications and experience will be review by the Admissions Officer and assessed using UK NARIC criteria. Applications from European students will be guided by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Those international students whose first language is not English will be expected to have achieved a qualification in English as a Foreign Language or its equivalent in line with current Writtle University College postgraduate admissions policy.Consideration will be given to applicants outside the stipulated guidelines if they are able to demonstrate significant relevant industrial experience.
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.
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.
There are also opportunities to undertake further research.