Taught course

Postharvest Technology

Institution
Writtle University College · Horticulture
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Candidates from the United Kingdom higher education sector will normally hold a first honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related subject (such as horticulture, agriculture, floristry, environmental sciences). Prospective students with a first honours degree in another discipline but with significant work experience in horticulture, agriculture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters’ programme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Post harvest Technology is concerned with the research in to and application of new and advanced systems and processes to ensure that harvested crops receive the appropriate treatments from cropping through to sale to ensure waste is minimised. It is an increasingly important and expanding industry which requires technically aware graduates.

Environmental concerns are now a major consideration of all aspects of production and supply chain. Worldwide postharvest losses can account for up to half of production; it is vital that supermarkets and their supply chains reduce their carbon footprint, both in terms of the impact on the economy and the environment. The industries providing the packaging, grading, storage and transport of fresh produce are actively seeking graduates who have an awareness and understanding of the issues involved.

Students studying at Writtle University College will have access to the Postharvest Unit which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies.

This provides the opportunity to study a range of crops and investigate at an advanced level the techniques used for postharvest handling and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques.

Students will also examine crop growing using resources at the University and through visits to growers, so they develop an understanding of the supply chain from the field through to sale. Together with visiting speakers from industry, this develops students' awareness of the latest trends and research in industry. The teaching staff have developed close links with industry on a worldwide basis and research and consultancy work is used to underpin the curriculum.

Information for international students

Applications from international students will be considered in line with Writtle University College’s Admission Policy.

International students will be expected to have achieved the equivalent of the minimum entry for UK students; qualifications and experience will be review by the Admissions Officer and assessed using UK NARIC criteria. Applications from European students will be guided by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Those international students whose first language is not English will be expected to have achieved a qualification in English as a Foreign Language or its equivalent in line with current Writtle University College postgraduate admissions policy.

As one of the longest established specialist institutions in the UK, we offer our international students an opportunity to study a range of academically-challenging and internationally-recognised programmes.

Established in 1893, Writtle University College has valued and nurtured its international links and is held in high regard by related industries worldwide for providing highly skilled and knowledgeable students for their chosen sectors as well as being at the forefront of world quality research and consultancy.

Please see the international students page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,900
International students
£12,800

Writtle University College provides a range of bursaries and scholarships which can be used to reduce the cost of your education, enhance your career prospects and to support excellence.

Please see the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    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

Phone
01245 424280