Research course

Agri-Food Technology

University of Lincoln · Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology
MSc by research

Entry requirements

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, February, September, October

Course content

The globally important agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change, health, and wellbeing. This flexible research programme provides the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of agri-food science and to consolidate skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.

With a clear focus on improving productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through innovation, researchers at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) are engaged in impactful research designed to make a difference across the food chain.

Recent projects led by LIAT scientists include the integration of cutting-edge 3D imaging and automation into harvesting and weeding technologies, and an investigation of the genetic code of foodborne pathogens. Engaging with the Institute's research projects can provide access to expertise in areas including the Internet of Things, automation in the soft fruit industry, dynamic energy control mechanisms, and hydroponic cultivation systems.

Supported by an experienced supervisory team, students may have opportunities to publish their work in academic journals and present their findings at conferences.

Department specialisms

The flexible nature of this Master’s provides students with the opportunity to undertake research in an area that interests them or relevant is relevant to their current employment. Recent research projects at the Institute have tackled mushroom and broccoli harvesting, high resolution soil moisture forecasts, multi-purpose imaging technology to automate quality inspection tasks in food processing and packaging, and optimising greenhouse light environments. Other projects have include rapid surface chilling chickens to reduce Campylobacter, beta testing of novel optical nitrate sensor, and automation systems in the production and quality control of cut flower presentation packs.

Information for international students

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, 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. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Ramana Sundara