The globally important agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change, health, and wellbeing. This industry-guided programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to undertake technical and production management roles within this growing industry.
Students at Lincoln have the opportunity to study a variety of forward-thinking topics such as advanced crop science, advanced food manufacturing, new product and process development, food safety, and technical management, as well as commercial, operational, supply chain, and agile management.
Following the taught element of the programme, the course offers students a choice between a research project in industry or academia, where they will have the opportunity to make contacts and apply their knowledge in a real-life setting, or a six-month professional practice placement.
During the programme, students have the chance to visit agri-food industries to see the practical applications of their knowledge and hear from a series of guest speakers on sustainability in the food industry and agri-robotics.
How You Study
This MSc is intentionally wide-ranging and is designed to prepare students for opportunities across the broad and fast-moving agri-food sector. The programme takes a holistic, all-encompassing, farm-to-fork approach, acknowledging the need to optimise performance and best assure/control the food products in the agri-food supply chain.
Introduction to Agri-Food Systems
Principles of Crop Science
Commercial and Operational Management
Supply Chain and Agile Management
Food Safety and Technical Management
Advanced Food Manufacturing
New Product and Process Development
Independent Agri-food Research Project
Applied Agri-food Business Project (MSc Agri-food Technology with Professional Practice)
Following the compulsory taught element of the programme, students have the opportunity to select either the Independent Agri-food Research Project or Applied Agri-food Business Project.
The Independent Research Project involves an in-depth investigation of a specific topic within industry or academia, enabling students to apply new knowledge in a real-life setting and make contacts with potential employers.
Students selecting the Applied Agri-food Business Project have the opportunity to undertake a six-month work placement in industry, extending their course to 14 months. Students successfully completing this route will receive the alternative award title of MSc Agri-food Technology with Professional Practice.
Owing to the nature of postgraduate programmes, a significant proportion of your time will be spent in independent study and research. Research students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however, the regularity of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme. For taught programmes, weekly contact hours may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of the study.
Methods of Assessment
The way you will be assessed on your course will vary depending on the subject and the type of postgraduate programme you select. A taught programme could include a written dissertation, exams, presentations, and projects. A research programme could include a thesis, oral examination, and presentation to a group of research academics. You may be expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Please see the individual course pages to find out more.
Advanced Food Manufacturing (Core)
Commercial and Operational Management (Core)
Food Safety & Technical Management (Core)
Independent Agri-food Research Project (Core)
Introduction to Agrifood Systems (Core)
New Product & Process Development (Core)
Principles of Crop Science (Core)
Supply Chain and Agile Management (Core)
How You Are Assessed
A variety of assessment methods are used during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations, and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop the skills that will be needed for a career in the sector.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study.
Programme Specific Funding and Bursaries
The University of Lincoln offers scholarships under the Commonwealth Scholarships Part-funding Arrangement to qualifying Masters and Ph.D. students. For September 2020 entry, this scholarship relates to the MSc Agri-food Technology.
Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
For each course, students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials, or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake fieldwork or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional, students will normally be required to pay for their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs.
With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enroll with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these and will be responsible for this cost.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
First or second class honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification.
We will consider applicants from non-related degrees, with relevant experience.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
All applicants meeting the initial academic requirements for this course are required to undertake an interview with academic staff before a decision concerning the offer of a place can be made. It is expected that applicants will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in agriculture and all aspects of the farm-to-fork process. In order to make this process available to all applicants, we utilise Skype as the preferred medium for those applicants who are not able to travel to Lincoln prior to the start of the programme.
Accreditations and Memberships
This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. IFST is the UK’s leading professional body for food science and technology.
Students on this programme will have access to industry-relevant specialist technologies and new equipment at both the University’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing and Riseholme campus. Travel costs between campuses will be covered by the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology.
The National Centre for Food Manufacturing, located in Holbeach, is committed to helping the sector innovate. It works with employers and partners towards this goal, aided by the University’s partnership with leading equipment suppliers, and specialist facilities, food factories, and cutting-edge automation.
Our employer and industry links provide an opportunity to network, which could lead to placement opportunities for students who choose to undertake the Professional Practice route.
Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at our Riseholme campus, situated just three miles north of Lincoln on a beautiful parkland campus.
Students may also have the chance to visit agri-food companies, helping them to understand the practical applications of their knowledge, and hear from a series of guest speakers on sustainability in the food industry and agri-robotics.
A Rural Setting
Situated just three miles north of Lincoln in a beautiful semi-rural setting, the University's Riseholme Park Campus is home to the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, offering short courses in agriculture and agronomy alongside postgraduate and research programmes.
The campus spans more than 200 hectares, incorporating woodlands, parkland, watercourses and grasslands. It features a working farm and a variety of heritage features, centred around the historic Grade II listed Riseholme Hall.
The University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach, in south Lincolnshire. This food manufacturing technology hub provides specialist facilities and industry-standard equipment, including analytical laboratories with a test kitchen and sensory testing suite, a technician training centre and processing facilities.
The University of Lincoln has launched the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. This new advanced training centre in agri-food robotics is creating the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems specialists for the global food and farming sectors, thanks to a multi-million-pound funding award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Thorvald is one of a number of pioneering robots and the future of autonomous farming. The University of Lincoln, through the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, is building the digital “brains” to work on Thorvald’s steel–framed 200kg square chassis, capable of carrying a further 200kg payload.
This programme is designed to prepare students for a career in one of the world’s largest industries, agri-food. Agriculture companies, food manufacturers, producers, and retailers are large employers, as are government departments that develop food policy.
Graduates may pursue careers in technical roles, marketing, distribution, plant supervision, and product development. They may also choose to form their own company, with the help of the University’s award-winning business support centre, Sparkhouse. Some may choose to pursue research and Ph.D. pathways (particularly in the field of agri-robotics).