Writtle College

Introduction

As one of the longest-established specialist land-based Colleges in the UK, we offer our international students an opportunity to study a range of high quality and inspirational academic programmes with Bachelors, Masters and Research Degrees.

Established in 1893, Writtle College has valued and nurtured its international links and is held in high regard by related industries worldwide for providing highly skilled and knowledgeable students for their chosen sectors as well as being at the forefront of research and consultancy. Our extensive portfolio of courses gives you the opportunity to study at Further Education or Higher Education levels, from Foundation and Honours degrees through to Masters and PhD research programmes.

Among the subject choices are Equine, Veterinary Physiotherapy, Animal Science, Sport, Agriculture, Conservation, Horticulture, Professional Floristry, Art & Design, and Landscape Architecture & Garden Design. Writtle benefits of a safe and beautiful campus setting and yet is close to all the amenities of the City of Chelmsford and just a 35 minute train journey away from the heart of the UK’s Capital, London.

Why Writtle

Accommodation
Writtle College has on-site accommodation for around 400 students, which creates a campus with a lively, community atmosphere. Many students are keen to live on campus as it is easier to settle in and all the facilities – such as the launderette, restaurants and bar, sports centre, library and computer services – are close at hand.

English language requirements
If you do not have English as a first language, you will normally be required to demonstrate an IELTS overall score (or equivalent) of:

  • 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all elements for a Further Education course
  • 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all elements for a Foundation degree, Higher Certificate or Higher Diploma
  • 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements for a degree
  • 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements for a postgraduate degree

If you have lower scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course, which can lead to entry to the appropriate programme of study.
English support is also offered to international students whose first language is not English. In-sessional English courses are free and help with skills such as assignment writing and general English language and culture. Individual tutorial support is also available as required.

Non-EU (International) Student Fees

For 2016/17 entry the fees for non-EU students are as follows:

  • Certificate or Diploma courses at Level 3: £9,000 per year
  • Bachelor degrees, Foundation degrees and Higher Certificates: £10,700 per year
  • Postgraduate taught and research degrees: £11,500

UK/EU (Home) Student Fees

For 2016/17 entry the fees for UK/EU (Home) students are as follows:

  • Bachelor degrees, Foundation degrees and Higher Certificates: £9,000 per year*
  • Postgraduate taught and research degrees: £5,500

*£1,500 Subject Scholarship available for the following courses:
BSc Hons Sport & Exercise Performance Foundation degree FdSc Cycling Performance Diploma of Higher Education Sports & Exercise Performance

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MSc

MSc Arable Crop Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford + 1 more

This course will appeal to individuals who wish to become practitioners in the arable crop management field; farm managers, agronomists and land owners with a responsibility for growing field-scale combinable, root and alternative crops for a commercial market. [+]

*Subject to revalidation The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to: Acquire the business acumen required to manage a successful arable farm Develop a thorough knowledge of crop protection methods and issues Understand and apply knowledge relating to farm sustainability issues, including soil, water and energy Identify and evaluate trends and new developments for crops in the 21st century Assess and discuss the likely effect of environmental stress on temperate and world crops Study during quiet periods in the farming year, enabling students to work and gain an award Course Modules Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below. SEMESTER ONE Research Methods (Postgraduate) Sustainable Resource Management Strategic Arable Farm Management Crop Protection (+ BASIS Crop Protection) SEMESTER TWO Environmental Crop Physiology and Nutrition (+FACTS) Developing Crops for the 21st Century Postharvest Storage and Management Crop Protection (+ BASIS Crop Protection) SUMMER Taught Masters Degree - Dissertation Who is the Course for This course will appeal to individuals who wish to become practitioners in the arable crop management field; farm managers, agronomists and land owners with a responsibility for growing field-scale combinable, root and alternative crops for a commercial market. Arable Crop Management is an important industry within Eastern England. Writtle College is ideally situated to make the most of big producers locally – from arable farmers within the East Anglian counties to those growing vegetables on the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire fens. Writtle College has long enjoyed excellent relationships with local farming producers and has strong links with commercial enterprises who display ‘best practice’, and the agronomic services sector. Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience. Delivery and Assessment Block delivery of teaching reflects the industry peak and trough times to, making the course accessible to those working in the industry. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and laboratory work, as well as self-directed student learning. Students have access to 135 hectares of arable land on the Writtle Estate and a further 1800 hectares of commercially grown arable crops available to them for visits, research and field scale trials. Students will be assessed using a variety of methods including, written assignments, presentations, examination and the research dissertation/consultancy project. The research dissertation/consultancy project provides an opportunity to undertake an on-farm consultancy project or a more traditional dissertation that is research based. This will develop subject/industry specific and transferable skills, such as problem solving. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and can be based at Writtle or on a farm of choice. Key Features A postgraduate and professional qualification Relevant and applied subject material for arable managers and practitioners Block delivery during quiet periods in the farming year enabling students to work and gain an award Practical management focus with business skills relevant to the sector Opportunity to focus on a farm of your choice [-]

MSc Horticulture (Crop Production)

Campus Full time 1 - 3  August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford

This is a broadening course for students with a basic grounding in plant biology, who want to develop their knowledge of commercial crop production and the postharvest handling of horticultural crops. [+]

The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to: Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the production and postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques Develop a thorough knowledge of the horticultural business environment and marketing processes concerned with the trade of horticultural produce Apply research methodology and information technology to horticultural practice Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific horticultural organisations Who is the Course for This is a broadening course for students with a basic grounding in plant biology, who want to develop their knowledge of commercial crop production and the postharvest handling of horticultural crops. Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome. Delivery and Assessment Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student managed learning. Self guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course. The research project/dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake specialist research in specific fields. It must also include an investigative component to demonstrate that the student can apply learning to a problem-solving situation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and takes place over a 20-week period during the summer. The research project can be based at Writtle or at an external organisation; international placements may also be arranged. However students who embark upon an industry-based project must have access to the same level of facilities and support as students carrying out their research at the College. In the module 'Crop Production Technology' students have been investigating the growing of winter flowering Sweet Peas (Lathyrus) as a potential glasshouse crop. The crop is of interest to growers as it needs only frost protection during the winter and avoids the need for costly heat input. The trial has been in partnership with Seedlynx an Essex based plant breeding company. MSc students have investigated training methods for the crop, the effect of flower harvest stage on the vase life of the blooms, and the economics of growing this crop. Key Features A combination of theory, practical experience and industrial visits alongside the development of interpersonal and communication skills An international dimension to the course content Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad [-]

MSc Livestock Production Science

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford

This specialist Masters course is primarily aimed at people who want to gain a competitive edge in the areas of sustainable livestock production, health, nutrition and welfare. [+]

Writtle College is pleased to offer a new and revised MSc in Livestock Production Science. This specialist Masters course is primarily aimed at people who want to gain a competitive edge in the areas of sustainable livestock production, health, nutrition and welfare. Writtle College can draw on over 120 years of experience in training livestock managers to ensure that this MSc will offer you the expert knowledge and skills required to pursue a leading career in livestock management, development, advisory work and research, at national or international levels. The programme has been specifically updated to ensure that course content is in line with the latest industry research, principles and practices. Exciting new modules that have been introduced include sustainable livestock production, animal genetic resources, livestock health and welfare management. Other revised modules include animal nutrition science, livestock feeds & rationing and advanced animal production. Course Content The MSc is delivered as part and full time option with the taught component in the Autumn and Spring term. Dissertations are normally carried out over the Summer months. Learning & Teaching Methods The teaching methods are a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, visits and student managed learning. The self-guided study takes place under the supervision of experienced staff from the Centre of Equine and Animal Science at Writtle College. Students are assessed using a number of methods, for example written examination, reports, essays, seminars, debates, oral presentations, case studies and project dissertation. The research project is an essential part of the MSc programme and provides the opportunity to carry out an independent piece research, critically analyse data and write a dissertation. The project will normally include hands-on practical experimentation to teach students how to gather and process data and problem solve. The project is supervised by an academic member of staff and takes place over an extended period during the spring and summer. The project can be based either at Writtle College or other suitable external institution. Examples of potential areas for dissertation projects: Effects of plant extracts (essential oils) on rumen micro-organisms Development of novel methods for oestrus detection in cows Evaluation effects of diet on semen quality in rams, boars and stallions Beef, sheep and pig production studies Use of molecular biology techniques for identifying genes linked to production traits in farm animals Use of in vitro techniques to study gut microbial function Effects of production systems, processing and packaging on meat quality characteristics Employment Details On completion, graduates use their award to secure management-level jobs and/or to improve their promotion prospects. Many opportunities exist in either government services or related non-governmental agencies: for example senior positions in DEFRA or international organisations such as the FAO. There are numerous technical positions in the feed industry for nutrition and livestock production consultants, and research and development management roles advertised in forums such as the Farmers Weekly. Career opportunities also exist in companies specialising in farm animal breeding and reproduction, and those that develop and supply veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals. Some graduates may take up lecturing positions in universities and colleges or proceed to do further postgraduate study e.g. PhD. Fees and Financial Support For fees please follow links on our website. Part-time student fees for each semester will be charged on a pro-rata basis. There are limited bursaries for part-payment of fees (for UK students only) from the Alice Noakes Memorial Trust. Applications for these bursaries can only be made via the course manager on admission to the course. There are also scholarships from the Marshall Papworth Trust for overseas students from developing countries. Applications for Marshall Papworth Scholarships are not made directly to the trust, but via the College Postgraduate Coordinator (Dr Anya Perera) How to Apply All applicants need to complete an application form, a personal statement and provide copies of academic certificates and transcripts. For an application form, please follow links on the website. We continue taking applications until the end of August. Overseas students are encouraged to apply early to facilitate timely processing of student visas [-]

MSc Postharvest Technology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford + 1 more

This is an advanced course for students from a broad range of biological disciplines, who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the way fresh horticultural produce must be handled. [+]

The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to: Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques Develop a thorough knowledge of the fresh horticultural produce business environment and marketing processes concerned within the trade of horticultural produce Apply research methodology and information technology to postharvest horticultural practice Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific postharvest technology organisations Course Modules SEMESTER ONE Research Methods (Postgraduate) Horticultural Production Postharvest Physiology and Pathology Product Development and Supply Chain Management SEMESTER TWO Postharvest Technology SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTION (30 CREDITS TOTAL) [This module is optional] Experiential Learning(30 credits) [This module is optional] Energy Management(15 credits) [This module is optional] Strategic Management and Global Trade(15 credits) [This module is optional] Other Suitable Option Modules by negotiation with Course team SUMMER Taught Masters Degree - Dissertation Who is the Course for This is an advanced course for students from a broad range of biological disciplines, who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the way fresh horticultural produce must be handled, transported and stored to maintain quality from grower to consumer. Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome. Delivery and Assessment Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student-managed learning. Self-guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course. The research project/dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake specialist research in specific fields. It must also include a practical experimental component to demonstrate that the student can apply learning to a problem-solving situation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and takes place over a 20-week period during the summer. The research project can be based at Writtle or at an external organisation, but students who embark upon an industry-based project must have access to the same level of facilities and support as students carrying out their research at the College. Key Features A course with a strong commercial focus, including site visits and guest lecturers A strong international flavour in both crops and practices Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad [-]

MSc Sustainable Land Management under Global Change

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford + 1 more

The MSc Sustainable Land Management under Global Change course provides the opportunity to embed a shared, more holistic and integrative philosophy of environmental sustainability. It embraces the principles and values presented in both global and national policy and guidelines and takes on board the concept of “think globally, act locally”. [+]

It is widely recognised that there is a need to protect and enhance the environment in a rapidly changing world. Ecosystems provide many benefits but through human intervention, have declined more rapidly and extensively in recent times than previously. The direct drivers for changes include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, invasive species, and pollution, which themselves are underpinned by indirect drivers, notably demographic, economic, socio-political, science and technological, and cultural and religious factors. Increased degradation of the natural environment and the associated ecosystem services requires innovative and adaptive management strategies. Sustainable land management is a challenging multi-disciplinary field, and an effective manager requires a good knowledge and understanding of the scientific, policy and legislative frameworks as well as sound people and project management skills. Postgraduate study programme The MSc Sustainable Land Management under Global Change course provides the opportunity to embed a shared, more holistic and integrative philosophy of environmental sustainability. It embraces the principles and values presented in both global and national policy and guidelines and takes on board the concept of “think globally, act locally”. Students learn how to critically evaluate complex scientific and policy-based issues involved in sustainable land management as well as develop expertise in designing, planning and carrying out appropriate research and management projects. Option modules allow students to focus on selected issues such as food security and sustainable agriculture in greater depth. The College is set in its own 220 hectare estate which has been the focus of continuing environmental work and is an excellent educational resource. The estate includes a wide variety of habitats ranging from wetland to chalk grassland. There are also wildflower meadows and an ongoing strategy to increase and improve woodland habitats. Students also undertake live projects locally with landowners and organisations such as the Wilderness Foundation and National Trust. There is also an opportunity to participate in a study tour to the Carpathian Biosphere in Ukraine and to undertake collaborative work with students from Eberswalde University in Germany. Research programmes The course is supported by active staff research including collaborative programmes on protected area management and climate change, wild forest fire ecology in Northern Finland and Portugal and Environmental Certification schemes for palm oil production in Borneo. The College has extensive links with the landscape and environment sectors both in this country and abroad through its active consultancy work. Who is the Course for The course is designed for those people with a strong motivation to influence the future of our environment and to ensure that resources are managed sustainably. This course is for students who have achieved an Honours degree at 2.2 or above in conservation, horticulture, agricultural, environmental science, landscape design or management, biology, ecology, geography, or a related discipline in an environmental subject. Consideration will be given to applicants with qualifications outside the stipulated guidelines if they are able to demonstrate significant industrial experience. Delivery and Assessment Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student managed learning. There will be opportunities for collaborative projects with industry or other institutions. The postgraduate assessment programme is designed to test a wide range of skills and competencies, particularly in the application of science and complex theory to sustainable land management practices using evidence and examples from the sector. Assessment methods include oral presentations, time-constrained exercises, essays and written reports which may include management plans, ecosystem services assessments and landscape assessments for a specific area. The Masters dissertation is a written submission of between 12000 to 15000 words and provides an opportunity to undertake specialist research in specific areas and can include research projects linked to industry. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and takes place over a 20-week period during the summer. Key Features Creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems A strong sector-based learning experience underpinned by applied collaborative research Working on national and international live case studies Opportunities to carry out research abroad with partner institutes Joint field trip to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine with masters students from our partner Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development in Germany Opportunities to undertake the Writtle Skills programme in Project Planning and Leadership [-]

MA

MA by Dissertation in Art and Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years

MA by Dissertation in Art & Design is designed to help students review, develop and progress their practice as an artist or designer. [+]

Why study an MA by Dissertation in Art & Design? MA by Dissertation in Art & Design is designed to help students review, develop and progress their practice as an artist or designer. The course has been created to enhance the breadth and depth of students’ artistic abilities and capacities for self-direction and professionalism. It will allow students to develop an individual practice and engender the required excellence to successfully become a creative professional. Who is the course for? The MA by Dissertation in Art and Design is for those with art and/or design degrees or related Honours qualifications. These include, for example: fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, networked media, architecture, interior, landscape and garden design, and art history. Students may choose to progress straight from their undergraduate studies or return to their studies after a period of work. As a non-taught postgraduate degree, the MA by Dissertation offers students the opportunity to identify and refine an area of research within an open studio culture of debate and practice led by established practicing artists, curators, theorists and art historians. A portfolio of work and CV are required, together with a letter addressing research interests and reasons for applying. Course aims Giving students an intellectually-stimulating and creative environment in which they can further develop their potential as an artist or designer. Providing teaching and peer-group learning that is both challenging and responsive to student needs. Providing a place for debate that aids students in becoming increasingly articulate and professional in questioning and improving their works and goals. Providing practical support and the necessary technical resources for creating works in a range of different media. Developing a range of transferable skills and the knowledge of how to apply them in the art and design industries. Delivery and assessment While the MA by Dissertation is a non-taught postgraduate degree, students benefit from, and contribute to, the dynamism of the studio-based Art and Design courses at Writtle School of Design. Students attend a weekly seminar in which they present their research findings and practice to tutors and fellow students. Assessment is in three parts: a dissertation, portfolio of practice-based research and an exhibition or final major project that embodies the results of the research carried out. Dissertation The dissertation comprises a written thesis (of up to 10,000 words) which sets out the relationship between the student’s work and the wider field of knowledge/the subject area, addressing the theoretical, historical and critical context of their work. The Portfolio of Research The portfolio of research is a comprehensive body of developmental work that demonstrates an exploratory and reflective approach to an appropriate breadth of media, tools and techniques. The format of this portfolio is agreed with supervisors but may include a blog, journal, sketchbook and/or a collection of sketches and models. The Final Exhibition The public presentation of art and design work is an important aspect of creative professional life and students will be supported in planning, promoting and implementing a public presentation of their work to a professional standard at the end of the course. Throughout the programme students will engage with the following activities: Semester one: Introduction to Research Methods Discussion of texts Exhibition visits Exploration and reflection on tools, techniques, materials Seminars Semester two: Development of work towards final exhibition or major project Discussion of texts Exhibition visits Seminars Spring-Summer: - Dissertation – supported by seminars and tutorials Career prospects Career possibilities for art and design graduates have increased over recent years, reflecting the burgeoning opportunities within the cultural sector in the UK and internationally. Graduates work as professional artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, game designers, curators, and gallery professionals in public and private galleries. They also write for magazines, newspapers and journals on a whole variety of cultural topics. Other career opportunities for MA graduates include residency programmes, community-led outreach work and teaching art or design. Students who are on our MA programme may already be professional artists or designers who wish to reinvigorate and refocus their practice. [-]

MA Garden Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford + 1 more

The MA in Garden Design aims to provide an integration of the creativity of art and design with the core knowledge of ecology, landscape and garden theory, history, technology, restoration and the understanding of the theoretical and applied levels of knowledge and practice in garden design. [+]

*Subject to revalidation Garden design is a rich and diverse interdisciplinary and collaborative discipline spanning the traditions of arts and sciences. The MA in Garden Design aims to provide an integration of the creativity of art and design with the core knowledge of ecology, landscape and garden theory, history, technology, restoration and the understanding of the theoretical and applied levels of knowledge and practice in garden design. MAGD is a progression and a compliment to the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design (LGD) course in the School of Design at Writtle College. The MA is intended to take the next steps in developing theory and practice of garden design by providing more advanced perspectives and applications to the undergraduate course. Garden design focuses on the meaning of gardens, theory and history of gardens, conservation and restoration of gardens, and rural and urban social, economic and ecological contexts. The MAGD is part of the School of Design and part of the overall postgraduate design programme that includes Landscape Architecture. Delivery and Assessment The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom. The MA in Garden Design course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Garden Design is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape and garden theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice and garden technology and construction. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at a wide range of scales, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of context, meaning, function and form. The MA in Garden Design proposes a new emphasis with a similar platform of knowledge and understanding that underpins both garden design and landscape theory, yet is a very distinct pathway and discipline both independent of and related to Landscape Architecture. Professional Accreditation This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). [-]

MA Landscape Architecture

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Chelmsford + 1 more

The Landscape Architecture course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. [+]

*Subject to revalidation Upon completion of study in the Landscape Architecture programme, students will be able to: Develop advanced theoretical and applied constructs in landscape architecture, garden and environmental design. Develop and apply a sustainable landscape systems approach to policy, planning, design, and management of landscape. Develop and apply innovative environmental and sustainable design theories, processes, and solutions for public and private landscapes and urban and rural planning and design. Apply research methodologies in a landscape architecture context to garden design, environmental design, rural and urban planning and design, open space design, landscape assessment and geographic information systems (GIS) and sustainable design in the built environment. Critically evaluate the intrinsic and extrinsic values and elements of landscape condition, structure, process and change in response to social, cultural, economic and ecological influences. Communicate design thinking and solutions through a range of media to a diverse range of recipients. Complete a research dissertation or design research project by taking a Landscape Architecture project or research question through a research process of theory, method and analysis to completion. Delivery and Assessment The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom. The Landscape Architecture course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice, landscape construction, landscape assessment and environmental design. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from site to region, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form. Professional Accreditation This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). [-]

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