MSc Horticulture (Crop Production)

Writtle College
In Chelmsford

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Typology Master
Location Chelmsford
  • Master
  • Chelmsford
Description

Duration. A full-time student can complete this modular course in one year. Part-time students can take two - three years to complete the course. The part-time programme offers greater flexibility for those with demanding commitments at home or work.

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Starts Location
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Chelmsford
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Starts On request
Location
Chelmsford
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Course programme

MSc Horticulture (Crop Production)

Duration
A full-time student can complete this modular course in one year. Part-time students can take two - three years to complete the course. The part-time programme offers greater flexibility for those with demanding commitments at home or work.

Course Aims The scheme will provide students with the opportunity to:
  • Study to an advanced level the techniques used for the production and postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the horticultural business environment and marketing processes concerned with the trade of horticultural produce
  • Apply research methodology and information technology to horticultural practice
  • Identify and critically evaluate important trends and developments within the horticultural industry
  • Identify the needs of national and international communities, and reconcile these with the aims and objectives of specific horticultural organisations
Who is the Course for This is a broadening course for students with a basic grounding in plant biology, who want to develop their knowledge of commercial crop production and the postharvest handling of horticultural crops. Applicants will normally hold a BSc or equivalent in a related topic, but applications are equally welcome from individuals with extensive industrial experience. Applications from non-UK students are particularly welcome.

Delivery and Assessment Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, visits, case studies and student managed learning. Self guided study takes place under the supervision of horticultural staff who ensure that students maximise their use of all study facilities at the College, including the estate. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including written papers, case studies and project reports. This flexible approach allows students to monitor their knowledge and skills development throughout the course.

The research project/dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake specialist research in specific fields. It must also include an investigative component to demonstrate that the student can apply learning to a problem-solving situation. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, and takes place over a 20-week period during the summer. The research project can be based at Writtle or at an external organisation; international placements may also be arranged. However students who embark upon an industry-based project must have access to the same level of facilities and support as students carrying out their research at the College.

In the module 'Crop Production Technology' students have been investigating the growing of winter flowering Sweet Peas (Lathyrus) as a potential glasshouse crop. The crop is of interest to growers as it needs only frost protection during the winter and avoids the need for costly heat input. The trial has been in partnership with Seedlynx an Essex based plant breeding company.

MSc students have investigated training methods for the crop, the effect of flower harvest stage on the vase life of the blooms, and the economics of growing this crop.

Key Features
  • A combination of theory, practical experience and industrial visits alongside the development of interpersonal and communication skills
  • An international dimension to the course content
  • Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad
Career Prospects Upon completion of the course, graduates have moved into crop production with international growers and management positions with major import/export organisations.

Student Comment
Abeish comes from Mavelikara in India and completed his masters degree in Horticulture (Crop Production). For his dissertation he looked at the relationship between bruising and weight loss in citrus fruits.

After graduating he stayed at Writtle College and assisted with some contract research activity relating to packaging and potato crops. Abeish now works for quality control team at Sydney Hart, a company which supplies fruits to the major UK supermarkets.

Abeish Thankachan
MSc Horticulture (Crop Production)


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