Research course

Precision Farming

Harper Adams University · Engineering

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum 2:1 or equivalent Bachelors degree in an appropriate subject. Further research experience or a Masters degree is preferable.

Months of entry


Course content

Agriculture is the dominant user of land in the UK and accounts for about 70% of the total land area. Increasingly Precision Farming techniques, where the aim is to vary the inputs in production systems so the output is optimised from both an economic and environmental perspective, are becoming more important and will become widely adopted in the future. The course will draw on the resources of the National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University, including a new mechatronics laboratory, an extensive range of modern tractors and other farm machinery, Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK GPS), both ground and aerial robotic research vehicles, and autonomous tractors.

Precision Farming is developing rapidly, led by horticultural growing systems over the past two decades, but increasingly being adopted by other agricultural producers. These Precision approaches are increasingly applied to livestock production, for example, in the formulation and delivery of precise rations for dairy cows. This subject area combines the development of electronic control systems, application technology and the agronomic or livestock advice required to utilise the precisely tailored inputs.

The aim of this research degree is to provide students with a general understanding of and specialised research training in Precision Farming.

How will it benefit me.

An MRes qualification in Precision Farming will provide you with the higher level skills, confidence and competence to understand the principles and practices of Precision Farming and to deliver research in this specialist subject area. You will be able to critically evaluate key research techniques, select appropriate methodologies, design and manage a significant research project and disseminate your research findings.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall (least 5.5 in each of the 4 individual components) TOEFL 90-91 overall ( least the following in each component - 21 listening; 22 reading; 23 speaking; 21 writing) Pearson PTE 58-64 overall ( least 51 in each of the 4 individual components)

Fees and funding

UK students
UK and European Students = £5,750
International students
Overseas Students = £11,500

Self funded

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months


full time
38 months

Course contact details

Vivien Slann
+44 (0)1952 815328