MSc Agri-food Technology

University of Lincoln
In Lincoln

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Lincoln
  • Postgraduate
  • Lincoln

This programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge and expertise to undertake technical and production management roles in the globally important agri-food sector.The agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change and health and well-being.


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Brayford Pool, LN6 7TS, Lincolnshire, England
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Starts On request
Brayford Pool, LN6 7TS, Lincolnshire, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

Lincoln’s research in agriculture, veterinary and food science is internationally acclaimed. It is rated among the best in the UK for quality of outputs in the latest national assessment of university research standards (REF 2014).

What you'll learn on the course

Crop Science
Food Technology

Course programme

The module provides a review of current crop science and its contribution to large scale food production. The module includes new technologies and their part in the future of sustainable crop production. The module considers key components of crop science as individual units through to interacting complexes. Throughout the module, the importance of the microbial interrelationship with plants is considered, covering both pathogens and beneficials.
Students will be expected to independently evaluate the topics critically and develop skills leading to responsive and flexible use of crop science in the production of crops in a wide range of agronomic situations.
Advanced Food Manufacturing
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge to design food processing and manufacturing operations and introduces students to the latest developments and techniques in food preparation, processing preservation and Packaging and Industry 4.0. Student are expected to develop an understanding of the basis of food manufacturing unit operations and how traditional processes are still prevalent with new designs and automation. Students can also develop an understanding of new and novel food production operations.
This module introduces students to the subject of Agri-Food Engineering, in particular, to the role of modern automation in developing sophisticated and efficient engineering systems to meet the ever increasing demand of the sector. After a brief introduction on industrial robotics and automation, a range of applications will be presented to investigate, analyse and propose the use of robotics to automate pre-harvesting and post-harvesting operations in the Agri-Food sector. Notably, the innovative Industry 4.0 model will be discussed as an overall holistic framework to evaluate the impact of the proposed applications on the ‘Farm of the Future’.
Commercial and Operational Management
The agri-food industry is the UK's largest industry and offers challenging careers at all levels. Careers in Food Business Management are continuing to develop in a dynamic and consumer focused food industry. The food supply chain extends from farmer to processor to retailer and the consumer. This module examines these important business links and relationships, and provides career opportunities encompassing the effective management and development of these key stages in the food supply chain.
Overall, this degree course has been designed to ensure students have the opportunity to develop the key skills required to operate effectively as managers in the food supply industry. New entrants to the food industry must be capable of managing change in a competitive global market place and participating in the professional development of staff in the industry. Career prospects may include a range of managerial posts in areas such as retailing, purchasing, distribution and logistics, along with research, consultancy and lecturing opportunities. Students can develop the skills required to enable them to make strategic decisions, analyse problems, provide solutions, develop action plans and effectively manage resources.

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