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. To progress to the doctorate you will need to study 3-4 modules in the first three years. There is only one compulsory module and you are able to discuss study options with the course leader. You will be expected to complete your course of study in no more than six years.
Course structure and dates
Modules run throughout the year and are timed to fit in with industry requirements. The professional doctorate requires the following three elements of study and research activities for completion.
Literature review and research plan
This requires students to write a literature review for the general research area proposed, in consultation with a University project supervisor(s). The literature review should be a critical review of the current research relevant to the project and provide a focussed account of the previous work leading up to the current state of knowledge on the questions to be investigated. This will require finding appropriate literature from library/electronic sources and bringing together related aspects of the work into a cohesive overview.
The second task is to complete an initial 10-12,000 word research plan. The research plan should include a clear statement of the problem to be investigated (the overall aim), the resources available and the rationale behind the design of the study.
Part 2 also includes a compulsory presentation at the annual AATP symposium.
Research and thesis phase
- Part 3 requires candidates, in consultation with their project supervisors, to undertake original research in an approved topic in a relevant field and complete a 50,000-60,000 word thesis.
Where will I study?
The programme is taught at one of the four AgriFood ATP partners:
Sutton Bonington 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 the new East Midlands Parkway railway station at Ratcliffe on Soar with direct links to London (90 mins), Nottingham, Derby, Leicester.
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.
Informal discussions with the course manager are possible. Please contact Dr Debbie Sparkes on +44 (0)115 951 6074 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.