Key facts

Course Dates
Three intakes per year
Up to 7 years
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
Aberystwyth University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Part I is the MRes which is undertaken for a minimum of two years and comprises two taught modules from the below menu, a taught ‘Research Methodologies’ module; and a portfolio of work or a research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). The short Part 1 thesis should involve analysing existing data from the candidate’s workplace. Participants may exit here with an MRes. Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer portfolio of work or a research thesis (up to 60,000 words). It will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, be built upon the Part 1 thesis.

Marty Spittle



Course overview

The time is ripe to develop low carbon alternatives to petroleum-based products both in terms of what society wants and what economics demand. This makes it’s an exciting time to be part of the rapidly developing Biotech Industries.

However, biorefining is a highly technical field and the successful growth of the industry is resulting in a lack of sufficient staff with the technical knowledge necessary to support its expansion.

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

Learning outcomes

While the primary academic focus is on the completion of an advanced piece of research, the collaborative route provided by a work-based research project provides an ideal opportunity to embed new knowledge in the work place and ensure that research is relevant to industry.

Course Structure

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Climate Change

Start Date: Sept to Dec 2018
Location: Bangor University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

This module will provide participants with a detailed assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change – the science, its impacts, adaptation and mitigation, and crucially how it is perceived by the public. After introducing the science and the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it will assess how the climate has changed historically, and look at the most recent predictions for future change both globally and for the UK. As climate change will impact upon UK food security both directly and indirectly (through effects elsewhere in the world) a global perspective on potential impacts will be taken. How agriculture can adapt to the consequences of, and mitigate its effect on, climate change will be discussed.

The module will provide practical examples of how farming systems can adapt to, and also mitigate, climate change, using wherever possible case studies based on the research experience of the module lecturers.  It will not have in-depth coverage of climate models.

This course is a core module in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment, and an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. 

It is delivered by Bangor University entirely online through distance learning.

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Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture

Start Date: 15 May to 20 August 2019
Location: Aberystwyth University, Online
Credits: 20 credits

The Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture course is designed to give those with little understanding of genetics a practical knowledge of the principles and technologies that underpin breeding programmes. It will focus on the challenges facing land-based production in the 21st century and on the role of emerging technologies such as Genetics & Genomics in meeting these challenges sustainably.

After initially detailing the broad objectives and methods involved in breeding programmes it will allow you to follow a specific crop or animal breeding pathway. It will give you an understanding of the methodologies applied in molecular and population genetics as well as in related disciplines such as proteomics and metabolomics, allowing you to conceptualise and apply these concepts to further agricultural production.

The Genetics & Genomics in Agriculture course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production  and in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment.

The course is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

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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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