Postgraduate study
This course has been developed in conjunction with industry as a highly flexible programme that can be tailored to individual training needs.
MSc Agrifood
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a biological, chemical, biochemical engineering or other relevant science subject
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September, January and April
UK/EU fees
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International fees
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Sutton Bonington Campus



This course enables professionals working in the agrifood sector to undertake high-level, structured, continuing professional development.

The University of Nottingham in conjunction with other institutions within the AgriFood Training Partnership are working in partnership to develop and deliver this innovative programme that will enable participants to develop their work-based learning and research skills.

Course modules are available in the five main subject areas:

  • Business and transferable skills
  • Crops and fresh produce
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and nutrition
  • Livestock and forages

You are able to select from a wide range of modules to tailor-make a programme that fits your personal interest and professional requirements. 

This programme (also available as PGDip, PGCert or as individual modules) offers a sound foundation for professional development on which to build your future success. It has been designed to suit your personal and professional situation, whether that is a single module, a postgraduate certificate, diploma or the complete masters programme. 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • gain a thorough knowledge of Agrifood science and technology
  • develop skills of analysing technical problems and work-based  problem solving
  • develop practical skills in relation to work related situations and issues
  • evaluate research in Agrifood and allied disciplines

Key facts

  • This programme has been specially developed by professionals in the School of Biosciences, one of the University's most successful schools, in conjunction with the AgriFood Training Partnership's academic and industrial partners and collaborators
  • Our dynamic teaching team offers the opportunity to learn under the guidance of expert practitioners, educators and researchers

Full course details

This programme has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind: you study part-time and follow a modular structure which allows you to progress at a rate to suit your own personal and professional situation.

You can enrol on individual modules or pursue a route leading to the award of certificate, diploma or masters in Agrifood. It is envisaged that most students will start with one module and then decide whether they wish to complete further study and discuss these options with the course leader. Depending on which qualification you choose this may be up to maximum of four years. 

Course structure and dates

Modules run throughout the year and are timed to fit in with industry requirements. Each qualification requires the following minimum credits for completion:

  • Masters: 180 credits (core modules 10 credits; optional modules 110 credits; research project and dissertation 60 credits)
  • Diploma: 120 credits (no core modules; optional modules 120 credits)
  • Certificate: 60 credits (no core modules; optional modules 60 credits)

Please see modules section for more information.

Student support and guidance

Following acceptance on to the course, each student will have the opportunity to discuss their individual needs with members of the course team resulting in an agreed plan of study. All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout the course. Information on University provisions for student support will be given to each student. 

Academic enquiries

Informal discussions with the course manager are possible. Please contact Dr John Brameld on +44 (0) 115 951 6133 or at

Course location  

Depending on your choice of modules, you may be taught at one or more of the AgriFood Training Partnership's core partner institutions:

  • The University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington or Jubilee Campuses
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bangor University
  • Cranfield University
  • Harper Adams University
  • University of Reading 

Sutton Bonington Campus is 20km south of Nottingham. The campus is a 25 minute bus or car journey to University Park Campus, with connections to Nottingham City. The campus is only 4.5 km from East Midlands Parkway railway station with direct links to London (around 90 mins), Nottingham, Derby, Leicester. 



Core modules

Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists (10 credits; core for MSc)

This includes: principles of experimentation in agrifood science, basic statistical principles, experimental design, hypothesis testing, sources of error, analysis of variance, regression techniques, presentation of data, use of Genstat for data analysis. There are two routes through the module; one focusing on crop improvement and one focusing on more general issues.

Work based research project (60 credits; MSc only)

In this dissertation module you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual and substantial piece of work in an area of personal interest relevant to agrifood science, involving the application of investigative, critical and analytical skills, and the presentation of a report (12,000–15,000 words) of the process and outcome of the work, together with a viva voce examination.

This module is primarily carried out via independent study/activity. Individual tutorials with the designated supervisor and advisors appropriate to the area of study are also arranged over the duration of the project.

Optional modules

You can choose modules to suit your area of interest and personal commitments. Please see our web pages for full list and more information.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK-based students employed in the agrifood sector

It may be possible to gain funding through the Agrifood Charities Partnership. To find out more about funding please contact Ms Deborah Kendale at or on +44 (0)115 951 6285.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

This course is designed for people who are currently working in the agrifood sector to enhance your career prospects and promotion opportunities.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £65,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. 

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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