Postgraduate study
This course has been developed in conjunction with the agrifood industry as a highly flexible programme that can be tailored to individual training needs.
PGCert 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





Please note this course is closed to applicants for September 2019 entry.

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

This programme (also available as masters, PGDip, 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: 

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



Taught modules

You choose modules to suit your area of interest and personal commitments. Please see our web pages for a 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 0115 951 6285.

International and EU students

We provide information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.


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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