This programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge, and expertise to undertake technical and production management roles in the globally important agri-food sector.
The agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change and health and well-being.
Students will have the opportunity to study areas such as advanced crop science, advanced food manufacturing, new product and process development, food safety & technical management, as well as commercial, operational, supply chain and agile management.
Students will also have access to industry-relevant specialist technologies and new equipment at both the University of Lincoln’s food and agricultural campuses, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach, and at Riseholme Park.
There will be the chance to undertake a research project either in industry or academia, which provides an opportunity to apply new knowledge in a real-life setting. This will also allow students the opportunity to make invaluable contacts with potential employers prior to completing the course.
Lincoln’s research in agriculture, veterinary and food science is internationally acclaimed. It is rated among the best in the UK for the quality of outputs in the latest national assessment of university research standards (REF 2014).
This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). IFST is the UK’s leading professional body for food science and technology.
How You Study
This MSc is intentionally wide-ranging, in order to best prepare students for opportunities across this broad and fast-moving environment. This programme acknowledges that in order to optimize performance and best assure/control the food products in the agri-food supply chain, it is being increasingly recognized that a holistic, all-encompassing, farm-to-fork supply chain focus is required.
- Introduction to Agri-Food Systems
- Advanced Crop Science
- Commercial and Operational Management
- Supply Chain and Agile Management
- Agri-Food Robotics
- Food Safety & Technical Management
- Advanced Food Manufacturing
- New Product and Process Development
- Research Project
Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual modules and the stage of the study. The postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two-three hours in an independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.
How You Are Assessed
A variety of assessment methods are utilized during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations, and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
You will have access to industry-relevant specialist technologies and new equipment at both the University of Lincoln’s food and agricultural campuses, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) at Holbeach, and at Riseholme Park. Travel costs between campuses will be covered by the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology.
The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing is committed to helping the sector innovate. We work with employers and partners towards this goal, aided by our partnership with leading equipment suppliers, and our specialist facilities, food factory and cutting-edge automation.
Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at Riseholme Park, situated just three miles north of Lincoln in a beautiful parkland campus. Riseholme is home to the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. Life Sciences students studying courses in animal behaviour also study at our facilities at Riseholme.
The programme will host a variety of industry specialist guest speakers.
First or second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification.
We will consider applicants from non-related degrees, with relevant experience.
International Students will require the English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.