Course overview

The MRes Agriculture allows participants to carry out research in the workplace after completing two taught modules of their choice 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.

An MRes is a Masters programme with more research than taught elements, a ‘Research Masters’. If you undertake the MRes in Agriculture you will need to successfully complete any two modules from the ATP menu and the Research Methodology and Advances in Biosciences module. You will then work with designated supervisors on a 120 credit work-based dissertation.


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
CQFW Level: 7
Course Provider: Aberystwyth University
Provider Reference Number:


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

Additional Course Information

Core Modules:

  • MRes Research Project (A)
  • MRes Research Project (B)
  • Research Methods


Optional Modules:

  • Farm Business Management
  • Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture
  • Grassland Systems
  • Home Grown Feeds
  • Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production
  • Plant Breeding
  • Ruminant Gut Microbiology
  • Ruminant Health and Welfare
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Ruminant Production
  • Silage Science

Course Structure

MRes Research Project (Aberystwyth)

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

The main focus of the work should be the review and analysis of existing data from the participant's workplace.

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: Aberystwyth University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module provides the tools necessary for carrying out independent research. Covering qualitative and qualitative statistical methods for analyzing data, the module builds towards participants identifying a suitable dissertation topic. The participant will be taught to evaluate existing research published in a range of different sources and evaluate the different knowledge exchange mechanisms that are appropriate to the audience.

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 AFTP 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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