Research course

Agriculture: Agronomy Cereals, Biomass crops and Natural products research

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research On Cereals

Our cereals research programme is aimed at developing new commercial opportunities for cereals in the Highlands and Islands and includes research on both old and modern cereal varieties. Apart from creating new markets for growers and food and drink companies, the programme also aims to increase self-sufficiency in rural areas, reduce the carbon footprint of the region's food and drink industry and conserve valuable crop genetic resources.

Research and Development Activities With Biomass Crops

We have an important research programme investigating the potential of biomass crops as sources of wood fuel for windy, northern areas like Orkney.

Natural products research

Many Scottish plants have a long tradition of use as sources of medicines, flavourings, fragrances, dyes, cosmetic products and for other specialist purposes. Our region has a unique but varied range of growing conditions which have important effects on the vegetation and crops which grow in the region and on the chemical composition and quality of plant products. Moreover, the unspoilt Scottish environment has an excellent marketing image, making the area potentially very attractive for the production of plant-based natural products.

Our REF results are available here

Our Research Centres are listed here

Department specialisms

Commerciable plant based 'new products'; 'Alternative' crops; Dye crops; Food industry R&D needs; Biomass crops; Portable extraction technology; Cereals crops; Natural products; developing supply chains;

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600