Course overview

The work based research course offers the opportunity for participants to focus in depth on a topic of personal interest to them within a professional, work based context. The course will allow them scope to address a research question of applied relevance, employing appropriate research methodology to do so.

The course content involves the execution and written presentation of a suitable scientific project which is devised by the participant and an individual academic supervisor and validated by the convenor and/or Programme Director. A suitable project entails a worthwhile scientific question, of direct relevance to the degree programme being undertaken, and established against the context of framework of current knowledge and concepts, that allows the formulation and testing of one or more hypotheses.

 This is expected to involve up to 12 months part-time work, broken down into appropriate tasks and allowing at least 2-3 months for writing-up, including correction of the first draft after the comments of the supervisor are received.

The project may be discipline specific or multidisciplinary - in a work based, applied context this is quite likely. The professional context itself must have a clear connection with the agri-food industry.


Learning outcomes

​​​​​​On successful completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to execute a scientific research project including formulation and testing of appropriate hypotheses.
  • Collate and evaluate a variety of information directly relevant to the subject being researched.
  • Communicate in writing, according to a defined format, the introduction, aims, methods, results and conclusions of the scientific research project.

Key facts

Course Dates
6-12 months
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Bangor University
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Bangor University, Online
AFTP Cohort
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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