MSc Postharvest Technology

Writtle College

Program Description

MSc Postharvest Technology

Writtle College

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


    <li>Research Methods (Postgraduate)</li> <li>Horticultural Production</li> <li>Postharvest Physiology and Pathology</li> <li>Product Development and Supply Chain Management</li>


      <li>Postharvest Technology</li>


        <li>[This module is optional] Experiential Learning(30 credits)</li> <li>[This module is optional] Energy Management(15 credits)</li> <li>[This module is optional] Strategic Management and Global Trade(15 credits)</li> <li>[This module is optional] Other Suitable Option Modules by negotiation with Course team</li> <li></li>

        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
        This school offers programs in:
        • English


        Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have gained employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale

        Cost & Fees

        UK/EU (Home) Student Fees: £5,500 Non-EU (International) Student Fees: £11,500

        Duration & Price
        This course is Campus based
        Start Date
        Start date
        Aug. 2018
        1 - 3 years
        Part time
        Full time
        5,500 GBP
        United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
        Start date: Aug. 2018
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        End date Request Info
        Aug. 2018
        United Kingdom - Chelmsford, England
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        End date Request Info
        International fee (Non-EU): £11500