Course overview

The MRes Agriculture allows studentsto carry out research in the workplace after completing two taught modules of their choice (see below for list of units/module available) and developing their research proposal through the research methods module. The focus of the sheme is the challenges facing pasture-based production systems and on their potential solutions.

Block Starting September Block Starting January Block Starting May
Ruminant Nutrition (AU) Global Ruminant Production (AU) Farm Business Management (AU)
Ruminant Health and Welfare  (AU) Silage Science (AU) Genetics & Genomics (AU)
Grassland Systems (AU) Plant Breeding (AU) Organic & Low Input Ruminant Production (AU)
Climate Change (BU) Home Grown Feeds (AU) Ruminant Gut Microbiology (AU)
Soil Management (BU) Carbon Footprinting (BU) Agriculture & Society (BU)
Agro-ecosystem Services (BU) Global Food Security (BU) Anaerobic Digestion (BU)
Water & Agriculture (BU) Upland Farming (BU) Resource Efficient Farming (BU)

Key facts file

Course Dates:

three intakes per year

Title: Agriculture MRes

From 2 to 5 years.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience

Credits: 180
Cost: £6150.00
Course Provider: Aberystwyth University
Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Aberystwyth University, Online
Course Logistics:

Cost quoted is for MRes completed over three years with all modules delivered by Aberystwyth University.


Dr Neil Mackintosh
Dr Sarah Watson Jones

Learning outcomes

Course Structure

MRes Research Project (Aberystwyth)

Start Date: Jan 2018
Location: Aberystwyth University, Online
Credits: 120 credits

The short thesis (20,000 words) is intended to provide both meaningful research for the industry, and for DAg candidates, a solid foundation for the longer Part II thesis and this should be considered in terms of the ultimate aim of embedding research within the place of work and providing direct and effective knowledge exchange of benefit to the company.

Research Methods (Aberystwyth)

Start Date: Jan 2018
Location: Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module is compulsory for anyone intending to undertake a full MSc or who has been accepted for a research degree (Research Masters or Professional Doctorate). It runs twice a year for five months. The additional length of the module is to allow you the time to work with your supervisor in developing the research proposal for your MSc, MRes or Doctoral research. 

My training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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