Research course

Agricultural and Food Sciences - Research

University of Greenwich · Natural Resources Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: For PhD: A Master’s degree by research in a relevant field Registration for MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD: A first- or second-class honours degree or equivalent or a Master's degree Students who are only registered for the MPhil may apply for transfer to PhD on submission of a full progress report at a specified point in the programme. For MPhil: A first- or second-class honours degree or equivalent. • Each case is considered on its own merits, so these requirements should only be used as a guide. • Students who are not citizens of majority English-speaking countries must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

Months of entry


Course content

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialised multidisciplinary research organisation within the University of Greenwich. The Institute received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its research activities on food security in the developing world. Much of NRI's research work is concerned with natural resources, agriculture and social development in developing countries, although it has an expanding portfolio of activities in Europe and other industrialised countries.

NRI provides a thriving environment for MPhil and PhD students working in agricultural and food sciences. Each of NRI's departments has a strong portfolio of research activities, of which students form an important and integral part.

The Agriculture, Health & Environment Department works on the worldwide development of appropriate cost-effective and sustainable approaches to controlling pests, diseases and weeds that affect crop production. Use of biocontrol and control methods involving no (or very low) conventional pesticides are increasing in importance in our work, especially for export crops.

The Department also has researchers who share a common interest in the many species of insects, ticks and rodents that cause injury to their hosts and transmit diseases to both humans and animals. Research is undertaken in the UK, using NRI's state-of-the-art laboratories, insectaries and glasshouses, and also overseas. Particularly strong areas of research include the epidemiology of insect-borne virus diseases, molecular diagnostics, pest and disease modelling, aerobiology and biometeorology, migrant pests, medical and veterinary entomology and integrated pest management.

The Food and Markets Department works on commodity management and food safety of cereals, grains, root crops, perishables and other crops. The Department works with all aspects of the operations of the food industry, including, for example, storage, post-harvest technology, quality analysis and management, compliance with food standards, food processing and value addition, value chains, private and public sector standards and market development. NRI's work provides many opportunities for postgraduates to be involved in multidisciplinary projects.

We offer full-time or part-time attendance, with students based on our campus or in their home countries, or some combination.


Recent research project topics include:

  • The impact of host plants on the efficacy of nucleopolyhedrovirus as a biopesticide
  • Reasons for multiple loans in microfinance and their effect on the repayment performance
  • Evaluating the impact of climate change on postharvest quality of perishables
  • Laboratory based investigation of the sensory cues used by vector mosquitoes to locate host animals
  • Dormancy and sprout control in root and tuber crops
  • Investigations into the oviposition behaviour of Anopheles gambiae

Department specialisms

The Sustainable Agriculture Group works on appropriate approaches to controlling factors that affect crop production. The Plant, Animal and Human Health Group look into factors that cause injury to and diseases in organisms. The Food Management and Marketing Group works on commodity management and food safety of crops.

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months


full time
33 - 60 months
part time
45 - 72 months

Course contact details

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