Course overview

The main aim of the MRes is to strengthen specialist scientific skills in strategically important areas of the UK agri-food industry, through flexible, postgraduate training for people in work. It provides an innovative way for people in work to improve their research skills while supporting the innovation capabilities of the candidate’s company.

The programme is aimed at professionals in the agri-food industry, conservation and environment, farmers, and agricultural policy decision makers, as well as full-time students wishing to pursue a post-graduate degree that culminates in employability in these sectors.

This MRes is delivered by distance learning and therefore provides a novel way for people in work to improve their research skills while at the same time supporting the innovation capacity of the candidate’s employer. It is the recognized entry point for Part 2 of the Professional Doctorate in Agriculture and Environment (DAgEnv).

Completing this course results in a post graduate qualification. See Our Qualifications for more information.


Learning outcomes

Participants must complete a total of 3 modules of study plus a dissertation project. They may begin at the beginning of any module: at the end of September, the end of January or in mid May. Teaching and learning is supported by study guides with journal articles, online lectures, podcasts, and discussion forums. The wide range of backgrounds and expertise of staff and participants make a hugely enriching learning experience. 


Additional Course Information

Compulsory Modules:

  • Research Method 
  • Research project

Optional Modules:

  • Agriculture and Society    
  • Global Food Security    
  • Climate Change    
  • Upland Farming Systems
  • Carbon Foot-printing & Life Cycle Assessment    
  • Soil Management

      Key facts

      Course Dates
      Rolling intake
      From 3 to 5 years, part-time
      Fee info
      Fee per annum
      IFST Membership
      Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
      Course Provider
      Bangor University
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      Course Arrangements
      Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
      Course Location
      Bangor University, Online
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