Writtle University College

MSc Postharvest Technology

Writtle University College
In Chelmsford

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Typology Master
Location Chelmsford
Duration 3 Years
  • Master
  • Chelmsford
  • Duration:
    3 Years

Duration. This modular course can be completed in one year on a full-time basis. 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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Chelmsford (Essex)
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Lordships Road, CM1 3RR


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Course programme

MSc Postharvest Technology

This modular course can be completed in one year on a full-time basis. 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 postharvest handling of horticultural crops and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the fresh horticultural produce business environment and marketing processes concerned within the trade of horticultural produce
  • Apply research methodology and information technology to postharvest 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 postharvest technology organisations
Who is the Course for This is an advanced course for students from a broad range of biological disciplines, who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the way fresh horticultural produce must be handled, transported and stored to maintain quality from grower to consumer. 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 a practical experimental 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, but 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.

Key Features
  • A course with a strong commercial focus, including site visits and guest lecturers
  • A strong international flavour in both crops and practices
  • Opportunity to undertake original research in the UK or abroad
Career Prospects Upon successful completion of the course, graduates have gained employment with major wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount, and where supply objectives are on a global scale.

Related Learning Opportunities During the Postharvest Technology course, you will be involved in work undertaken by the Postharvest research area.

Student Comment
My name is Mehrdad Mirzaee, I graduated with a BSc. Horticulture in my country (Iran) in 1994 and for more than 10 years I have worked in different fields related to horticulture and greenhouse production. I then decided to continue my studies at Writtle College, which is one of the best colleges in horticulture and related courses in the UK. I chose MSc. Postharvest Technology to change from crop production to the activities related to the process after harvesting crops. After graduation, I have started my job at Writtle College as a research assistant in Knowledge Transfer Projects.

Lecturers and staff of Writtle College helped me all the time during my study and feel I have made a right decision. My advice to students who are interested in this course is to get enough information about it and be interested to the course they are choosing; also it is better to have some work experience related to the course.

Mehrdad Mirzaee
MSc Postharvest Technology

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